***Senate approves N1.64tr new borrowing to fund budget deficit***
The FGN Bond market traded on a bearish note, with yields rising higher by c.10bps on the day following some selloff mostly on the 2027s and 2036s towards the close of trading, with yields on both maturities traded as high as 14.75%.
We expect yields to remain slightly pressured tomorrow, as selling interests persist especially on the mid to long end of the curve.
Trading sentiments in the T-bills market remained relatively flat as buying interests were constrained by the tight system liqudity levels. Traders were better buyers however of some short tenors, while sentiments on the mid to long end of the curve remained slightly bearish.
We expect trading activities to remain relatively muted in the near term, due to the relatively subdued interests for T-bills at current levels.
Rates in the money market moderated by c.4pct despite the despite the relatively tight system liquidity levels, as banks were able to access the CBN’s SLF for their funding needs. The OBB and OVN rates consequently ended the session at 15.43% and 16.21% respectively.
We expect rates to remain at current levels tomorrow, as there are no significant inflows anticipated.
At the Interbank, the Naira/USD rate was unchanged at N307.00/$ (spot) and N355.78/$ (SMIS). The NAFEX closing rate in the I&E window appreciated marginally by 0.04% to N360.55/$, as market turnover improved by 50% to $132m. At the parallel market, the cash rate depreciated further by 0.14% to N358.90/$, whilst the transfer rate remained unchanged at N364.00/$.
The NGERIA sovereigns recorded some gains in today’s session, with yields marginally lower b c.2bps on the day. Whilst we witnessed renewed demand for some short and mid tenors, we witnessed slight sell on the longer end of the curve.
In the NGERIA Corps, we witnessed continued interests on the ACCESS 21s Snr, ZENITH 22s and FIDBAN 22s.
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