Daily performance of major economic indicators and highlights from tradings sessions and key statistics such as Treasury Bills, bonds, FX rates, inflation, oil price.
Bond Yields Tick Higher as Demand Interests Wane
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Despite the lesser volumes traded, the market remained slightly bearish, with some profit taking mostly on the 2028s and 2034s. Yields were consequently higher by c.4bps on the day.
We expect the market to remain relatively stable towards weekend, even as demand interests decline ahead of the forthcoming gubernatorial elections.
The T-bills market remained slightly bearish following slight sell off on some short tenor bills. Investors however sustained interests on the longer end of the curve, howbeit, on a softer note.
The CBN held off on conducting an OMO auction in today’s session, but we expect a renewed offering tomorrow due to c.N130bn OMO maturities.
Rates in the money market were c.1pct lower as system liquidity remained moderately robust at c.N107bn opening the day. The OBB and OVN rates consequently ended the session at 9.33% and 10.42% respectively.
We expect rates to remain relatively stable, barring a significant OMO sale by the CBN.
At the Interbank, the Naira/USD rates remained unchanged at N306.90/$ (Spot) and N356.92/$ (SMIS). The NAFEX rate in the I&E window appreciated further by 0.16% to N360.19/$, with market turnover rising higher to $552m. At the parallel market, the cash rate remained unchanged at N358.00/$ while the transfer rate appreciated by 0.14% to N364.00/$.
Sentiments on the NGERIA Sovereigns turned positive in today’s session, with demand witnessed especially on the 25s and 49s. Yields were consequently lower by c.6bps on the day.
In the NGERIA Corps, Investors turned bullish on the ACCESS 21s Snr following shareholder approval of Merger with DIAMBK. The SEPLLN 23s were however slightly bearish following weaker than expected profit figures.
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