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Speculators boost U.S. dollar bets for third straight week - CFTC, Reuters data

March 24 (Reuters) - Speculators increased bullish bets on the U.S. dollar for the third straight week, pushing net longs to their highest since Jan. 31, data from Commodity Futures Trading Commission data released on Friday and calculations by Reuters showed.

The value of the dollar's net long position totaled $18.44 billion in the week ended March 21, up from $17.59 billion the previous week.

(Reporting by Dion Rabouin; editing by Diane Craft)