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CBN Delivers Further Cut to Stop Rate in c.N400bn OMO Sale
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The FGN Bond Market traded with mixed sentiments, with slight sell on the 2023s and 2027s towards the close of trading pushing yields marginally higher by c.5bps on the day. Demand however remained relatively firm on the 2028 bond.
We expect yields to remain relatively stable, with declining T-bill yields expected to support demand interests in the near term.
The T-bills market remained bullish on the back of the signifcant downtrend in rates at the previous day’s NTB auction. Buying interests were mostly focused on the long end of the curve which remained absent at the OMO auction conducted by the CBN today.
Of the c.N213bn OMO bills that matured today, the CBN sold a total of c.N400bn 91 and 175-day bills in a bid to mop up the excess liquidity in the system. Due to the oversubcription at the auction compared to the N350bn offered, the CBN cut the OMO stop rates further by c.6bps on the 91-day to 11.84% and by c.24bps on the 175-day to 13.20%.
We expect rates to remain relatively stable, with market players expected to sustain demand amid a further decline in the OMO clearing rates. We however expect slight selloff on the shortend of the curve, as market players fund for the CBN’s bi-mothly retail FX auction tomorrow.
Rates in the money market inched slightly higher by c.2pct on the back of the significant OMO sale by the CBN which compressed system liquidity to c.N160bn from c.N300bn opening the day. The OBB and OVN rates consequently ended the session at 10.67% and 11.58% respectively.
We expect rates to trend higher tomorrow, as banks fund for a retail FX auction by the CBN.
At the Interbank, the Naira/USD rate remained unchanged at N306.95/$ (Spot) and N356.92/$ (SMIS). The NAFEX closing rate in the I&E window however weakened slightly by 0.02% to N360.36/$. At the parallel market, the cash rate remained unchanged at N358.00/$, while the transfer rate strengthened by 0.27% to N364.00/$.
The NGERIA Sovereigns turned bullish in today’s session following sustained gains in oil prices. Yields were consequently lower by c.3bps, with the most demand witnessed on the 2038s.
The NGERIA Corps were relatively quiet except for slight interests witnessed on the ACCESS and FBNNL 21s.
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