Nigeria’s Interbank Foreign Exchange rate rises amid Slowdown in Reserve Accretion

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    A trader changes dollars for naira at a currency exchange store in Lagos, Nigeria, February 12, 2015. REUTERS/Joe Penney/File Photo

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    Bonds

    Nigeria’s bond market traded on a relatively quiet note, with yields ticking slightly higher by c.1bp due to slight sell on the 2036s and 2027s towards close of trading. We expect some price recovery in the near term, as the yield premium on inflation is relatively attractive especially to the local institutional clients. This view would be strengthened by a further moderation in T-bill yields, especially if the CBN decides to relax its current liquidity tightening posture.

    Treasury Bills
    Yields in the T-bills Space moderated further downwards by c.10bps as market players began to price in their OMO auction expectations for tomorrow, with the auction largely expected to clear at +5bps (11.10/12.20) based on prior trends. The PMA auction by the CBN was fairly subscribed, mostly from non-competitive client bids. The auction stop rates consequently cleared at about 150bps below their secondary market levels. We expect a relatively quiet trading session tomorrow, as market players shift focus to the OMO T-bill auction, which we do not expect to be heavily subscribed due to the liquidity strain in the market .

    Money Market
    The OBB and OVN rates rose to 23.33% and 24.67%, as system liquidity still remained tight at c.N63bn negative. We expect rates to decline slightly tomorrow on the back of expected inflows OMO T-bill and net PMA repayments (N296bn). This is however baring a significant OMO T-bill sale by the CBN.

    FX Market

    The Interbank rate depreciated by 0.02% to N305.85/$ from its previous rate of N305.80/$. This was just as the CBN’s external reserves posted a 2-day decretion of $72m down to $47.79bn as at 14-May. The NAFEX closing rate appreciated by 0.23% to N360.77/$, while rates in the Unofficial market remained stable at N362.00/ $.

    Eurobonds:

    The NGERIA Sovereigns remained slightly bearish with yields inching slightly higher by c.3bps on average. The 27s and 47s were the most traded and lost about –0.15pt on average.

    The NGERIA Corps were also bearish across all traded tickers except for the ACCESS 21s Snr which posted a marginal gain of +0.10pt. The Zenith 19s and 22s recorded the highest loses of about -0.15pt.

    Source:Zedcrest Capital

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