Daily performance of major economic indicators and highlights from tradings sessions and key statistics such as T-bills, bonds, FX rates, inflation, oil price.

Bullish Sentiments Wane, Following Release of Q4 FGN Bond Calendar

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KEY INDICATORS

Bonds

The bond market gave up recent gains in today’s session, with yields rising by c.15bps, as market players reacted to the release of the Q4 FGN bond Calendar, which contained slightly more volumes on offer than in the previous quarter. Market players were mostly bearish on the 2028s and 2034s while other maturities remained scantily traded.

We expect this trend to persist, even as we anticipate a further uptick in the inflation results for the month of September.

Treasury Bills

The T-bills market traded on a realtively calm note as system liqudity got bolstered by inflows from paris club credits (c.N175bn) by the CBN. Yields consequently declined marginally by c.5bps, with slight buying interests observed on 10-Jan and 28-Mar, whilst other maturities traded relatively flat on the day.

We expect the market to remain relatively calm in the near term, as appetite for the CBN’s weekly OMO auctions continues to dominate sentiments in the market ahead of the OMO maturity (c.N227bn) on Thursday.

Money Market

The OBB and OVN rates crashed by c.12pct to 9.50% and 10.58% respectively, as inflows from Paris Club credits bolstered system liquidity to c.N250bn positive.

We expect rates to remain relatively stable, as there are no significant outflows expected tomorrow.

FX Market

At the Interbank, the Naira/USD Spot rate depreciated marginally by c.0.02% to N306.40/$ (spot), while the SMIS rate remained unchanged at N361.34/$. At the I&E FX window a total of $128.04mn was traded in 273 deals, with rates ranging between N351.00/$ – N365.30/$. The NAFEX closing rate depreciated further by c.0.22% to another record high of N364.61/$ from N363.82/$ previously.

At the parallel market, the cash rate and transfer rates depreciated by 20k each to N359.70/$ and N363.00/$ respectively.

Eurobonds

The NGERIA sovereigns maintained their recent bearish trend, with yields inching slightly higher by c.4bps on average.

The NGERIA Corps were mostly quiet, with no significant trading activities observed.


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Whilst proper and reasonable care has been taken in the preparation and accuracy of the facts and figures presented in this report, no responsibility or liability is accepted by Zedcrest Capital or its employees for any error, omission or opinion expressed herein. This report is not an investment research or a research recommendation and should not be regarded as such. The information provided herein is by no means intended to provide a sufficient basis on which to make an investment decision.

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