Naira Weakens Further against the USD at Most Market Segments

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In the just concluded week, Naira depreciated further against the USD at the Bureau De Change (BDC) and parallel (“black”) markets by 3.13% and 2.32% respectively to close at N485/USD and N495/USD respectively. Also, the Naira depreciated at the Investors and Exporters Window by 1.15% to close at N390.25/USD despite the sustained rise in crude oil prices at the international market.

However, NGN/USD appreciated by 0.52% to close at N379/USD at the Interbank Foreign Exchange market amid weekly injections of USD210 million by CBN into the forex market: USD100 million was allocated to Wholesale Secondary Market Intervention Sales (SMIS), USD55 million was allocated to Small and Medium Scale Enterprises and USD55 million was sold for invisible.

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Elsewhere, the Naira/USD exchange rate depreciated for most of the foreign exchange forward contracts: 1 month, 2 months, 3 months and 6 months rates rose by 1.22%, 1.18%, 1.11%, 1.16% and 0.86% respectively to close at N390.28/USD, N390.33/USD, N390.38/USD, N390.57 and N391.44/USD respectively. However, the spot rate appreciated by 0.52% to close at N379.00/USD.

In the new week, we expect Naira/USD to further depreciate at most market segments against the backdrop of dwindling foreign exchange reserves (reserves fell week-on-week by 0.22% to USD35.42 billion as at Thursday) and liquidity ease (created by matured OMO bills) as investors further convert their naira to USD for speculative purposes as well as to invest in dollar-denominated assets such as Eurobonds which currently trade at relatively high yields.

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