- System Liquidity Falls To Negative Territory amid Continued OMO Auctions
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Yields in the bond market trended higher by c.5bps in today’s session, with slight sell off mostly on the 2022 and 2024 bonds. Continued OMO interventions by the CBN has continued to weigh on yields on the short end of the curve, and we expect this trend to persist in the near term.
The T-bills market remained bearish with yields trending higher by c.8bps on average, as market players sold off on some short tenured bills (Dec/Jan) in the wake of a continued OMO intervention by the CBN which further compressed system liquidity further to an estimated net negative position. Of the N100bn T-bills offered by the CBN, market players only bidded for c.N39bn of the 177-day and 268-day bills offered, which were sold at 13.50% and 15.00% respectively.
We expect rates to remain elevated with expectations for continued OMO intervention by the CBN.
Rates in the money market trended c.30bps higher and are now at a 7-month high, with the OBB and OVN rates closing at 65.00% and 70.92%, as the CBN maintained its mop up of system liquidity via a further OMO sale (c.N39bn), which has now pushed system liquidity to a net negative positon of c.N45bn est. as at COB today.
We expect rates to remain elevated, with the CBN expected to maintain its spate of OMO interventions in the market.
At the Interbank, the Naira/USD rate remained stable at N306.90/$ (spot) and N359.81/$ (SMIS). At the I&E FX window, the NAFEX closing rate depreciated by c.0.05% to close at N365.21/$ from N365.03/$ previously.
At the parallel market, the cash rate depreciated by 40k to N363.40/$, while the transfer rate remained unchanged at N368.00/$.
The NGERIA Sovereigns were slightly weaker on the day, with yields trending higher by c.3bps due to slight sell on short end of the curve.
The NGERIA Corps were relatively muted, except for slight sell on the DIAMBK 19s (+8bps) and continued interests seen on the ACCESS 21s Snr.
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