The FGN bonds market held its breath in today’s session with yields across the benchmark curve remaining mostly unchanged from the previous day levels as traders anticipated the outcome of the FGN Bond primary market auction.
Consequently, yields compressed by an average of c.1bps across the benchmark curve.
At the bond auction, the DMO shocked the market by overselling bonds by over 2.2x of the amount offered, raising a total of c.333.56bn cash across the three tenors. As expected, the auction was well-bided by market participants which steered the DMO’s appetite to raise adequate cash at a cheaper level. The stop rates closed at 12.74%, 13.50%, and 13.70% for the 2027s, 2035s, and 2050s papers floated at the auction, shedding approximately c.43bps from the previous auction stop rate.
For tomorrow, we expect activities to pick sightly in the secondary market as bargain hunters take advantage of the large auction sale to cherry-pick bonds offered at attractive levels.
It was another consecutive session with muted trading activity in treasury bills space, as the cash crunch in the Money Market continues to burden banks’ position. Yields remained steady across the treasury bills curve with little or no demand to match the few offers available during the trading session. The special bills were also offered above the 9.00% band with few trades crossed at 9.20% towards the close of business.
We expect trading activities to remain tepid in the treasury bills space as banks continue to offload their OMO/NT Bills holdings in the quest to raise cash to fund their obligations.
Interest rates trended up by an additional 150bps from yesterday’s closing as naira dealers scrambled to cover their positions amidst tight system liquidity with the market opening in the negative territory of -c80.27Bn. Local banks camped at the CBN Lending and Repo windows to fund their daily operations, forcing OBB and Overnight rates to close 20.00% and 21.00%, respectively.
For Tomorrow, we expect interbank rates to coast around this level with most banks remaining at the SLF window as the current cash crunch is expected to linger in the interim.
The FX space opened the day on a sluggish as traders continued to scramble for funds amidst the poorly supplied FX market. Traded volumes increased slightly by 13% from the previous day’s close while the Naira depreciating by N1.50k to close at N411.83/$, The bided range amongst banks remained wide between N400/$ and N430/$.
At the parallel market, the cash and transfer market remained unchanged for another consecutive session.
Risk cleared in the sub-Saharan Eurobond markets today in reaction to the dovish US fed comments. The ANGOLAs GHANAs and IVYCSTs bonds were the most traded today as prices strengthened by an average of +58cents. The Nigerian sovereigns were not excluded in these price gains albeit it was at a slower pace when compared to the other SSA sovereigns.
The NIGERIA Corps tickers continued to trade on a bullish note, especially on the ETINL 31s paper, which remained the most sought-after bond for investors across the tracked tickers. Price on the ETINL 31s strengthened further by additional 25cents to close at 101.75 on the offer D/D