Barclay CTA Index Gains 0.71% in February; Global Stock Market Rally Lifts Traders

FAIRFIELD, Iowa, March 16, 2017 — Managed futures traders gained 0.71% in February according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. Year to date, the Index has decreased 0.02%.

Five of Barclay’s eight CTA indices had gains in February. The Financial/Metals Traders Index was up 1.18%, Systematic Traders gained 0.89%, Diversified Traders were up 0.78%, and Currency Traders added 0.44%.

“Trend reversals in European bond yields and a weakening euro were not enough to sap the profits gained from long equity positions, as the global stock market rally extended into its fourth consecutive month,” says Sol Waksman, founder and president of BarclayHedge.

The Agricultural Traders Index gave up 0.08% in February, and Discretionary Traders slipped 0.01%.

Year to date, the Financial/Metals Traders Index has gained 0.85%, and Agricultural Traders are up 0.14%. In the loss column, Diversified Traders are down 0.43%, Currency Traders have lost 0.07%, and Discretionary Traders are down 0.06%.

The Barclay BTOP50 gained 0.55% in February, but remains down 0.43% year to date.

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