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(Adds broader positioning, table) June 19 (Reuters) - Speculators increased their net shortdollar position in the latest week, according to calculations byReuters and U.S.

Commodity Futures Trading Commission datareleased on Friday.The value of the net short dollar position rose to $15.

69billion in the week ended June 16, compared with a net short of$9.

51 billion the previous week.In a wider measure of dollar positioning thatincludes net contracts on the New Zealand dollar, Mexican peso,Brazilian real and Russian ruble, the U.

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dollar posted a netshort position of $16.5% on the day.

The Australian dollar was up 0.5% at 0.

6865, benefiting from comments by the head of the country’s central bank that the currency’s recent rise was not a problem and that the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic would not be as bad as first feared.Against a basket of currencies, the U.

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