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Naira strengthens at NAFEX window as bitcoin slumps to $52k

The Naira gained against the US Dollar on Wednesday to close at N408.75/$1 at the I&E window.

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Wednesday, 24th March 2021, the exchange rate between the naira and the US Dollar closed at N408.75/$1 at the Investors and Exporters window.

Naira gained against the US Dollar again on Wednesday to close at N408.75 to a dollar, representing a 0.26% gain compared to N409.8/$1 recorded on Tuesday.

However, in the parallel market, the naira remained relatively stable, as it closed at N486/$1, which is the same as recorded in the previous trading session.

Forex turnover increased marginally to $34.76 million, while Nigeria’s external reserve recorded the third consecutive increase, gaining $182.3 million in three days.

READ: Why external reserves is falling despite a rise in oil prices

Trading at the official NAFEX window

Naira appreciated against the US Dollar at the Investors and Exporters window on Wednesday to close at N408.75/$1. This represents a N1.05k gain when compared to N409.8/$1 recorded on Tuesday, 23rd March 2021.

  • The opening indicative rate closed at N408.98 to a dollar on Wednesday. This represents an 80 kobo gain when compared to N409.78/$1 recorded on Tuesday.
  • Also, an exchange rate of N414 to a dollar was the highest rate recorded during intra-day trading before it closed at N408.75/$1. This represents the highest rate recorded in almost two weeks.
  • It also sold for as low as N394/$1 during intra-day trading. A difference of N1 compared to N393 recorded in the previous day
  • Forex turnover at the Investor and Exporters (I&E) window increased marginally by 5% on Wednesday, 24th March 2021.
  • A cursory look at the data tracked by Nairametrics from FMDQ showed that forex turnover increased from $33.11 million recorded on Tuesday, March 23, 2021, to $34.76 million on Wednesday.

READ: Best performing Industrial and consumer goods stocks from last week

Cryptocurrency watch

Bitcoin, the most priced and popular cryptocurrency in the world slumped by over 4.06%  to trade at $52,153.23 on Wednesday.

  • The highly coveted digital currency lost about $2,208.34 in value, representing a decline of 4.06% in a single day.
  • Ethereum also dipped by 5.75% on Wednesday to trade at $1,574.2 as of 11:52 pm on Wednesday.
  • This came on the back of Jerome Powell’s comment on the risk attached to investing in bitcoins and other digital assets.
  • Jerome Powell, who is the Chairman of US Federal Reserve had said the volatility of the crypto coins undermines their ability to store value, which is a basic function of money. He went further to state that bitcoin is not really useful as a store of value.
  • Meanwhile, JMP Securities has predicted that “$1.5 trillion of incremental capital” could flow into bitcoin, an amount greater than the cryptocurrency’s current market cap.
  • The firm sees more wealth management companies following Morgan Stanley’s example to offer bitcoin to their clients. “Around $30 trillion of assets in the U.S. retail wealth management industry currently do not have direct access to bitcoin

READ: U.S government set to auction Bitcoins within a few days

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Brent Crude makes a rebound

Brent Crude oil gained $3.62 in Wednesday trade to close at $64.41 per barrel, representing a 5.95% gain in a single day after enduring a massive decline in the previous day.

  • Oil prices had dropped as investors’ sentiments towards the resurgence of the covid pandemic increase and major European countries effect new lockdowns and others extend their lockdown.
  • It is worth noting that Bonny Light gained 2.67% to close at $62.58 per barrel while WTI dipped 0.88%
  • WTI closed at $60.64 (-0.88%), Brent Crude ($64.41), Bonny Light ($62.58), OPEC Basket ($62.27), and Natural gas ($2.497).
  • Meanwhile, analysts believe that the OPEC+ will likely decide to keep oil production steady for another month.

READ: U.S Government to unveil Crypto nemesis before end of July

External reserve gains $182.3 million three days

Nigeria’s external reserve increased by 0.08% on Tuesday, 23rd March 2021 to stand at $34.6 billion.

  • This represents the third consecutive increase in three days, gaining a total of $182.27 million from $34.42 billion recorded as of March 18, 2021 to $34.6 billion as of 23rd March 2021.
  • Nigeria’s reserve had lost $957.26 million year-to-date before recording increases in the past three days, which could be attributed to the recent gain in the global crude oil market.
  • Nigeria will hope to continue in this trajectory, as the increase in foreign reserves indicates more foreign exchange to meet up with the nation’s demand.

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Exchange rate remains stable at NAFEX window as bitcoin drops below $50k

The exchange rate between Naira and Dollar closed at N410/$1 at the NAFEX window as bitcoin plunged below $50k.

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Thursday, 22nd April 2021: The exchange rate between the naira and the US dollar closed at N410/$1 in the Importers and Exporters window.

Naira remained stable on Thursday, at the Nigerian Autonomous Foreign Exchange (NAFEX) window, as the rate closed at N410 to a dollar, the same as recorded on Wednesday, 21st April 2021.

Meanwhile, the naira gained marginally in the parallel market to close at N485/$1 on Thursday. The rate appreciated by 0.21% compared to N486/$1 recorded a day before.

The price of the world’s most popular digital instrument dropped on Friday, 23rd April 2021, while Nigeria’s external reserve continues to record a decline.

Trading at the official NAFEX window

The naira remained stable against the US dollar at the Investors and Exporters window on Thursday to close at N410/$1, the same as recorded on Wednesday.

  • The opening indicative rate closed at N409.68 to a dollar on Thursday, 22nd April 2021. This is a 14 kobo depreciation, compared to N409.54/$1 recorded on Wednesday.
  • Also, an exchange rate of N436.4 to a dollar was the highest rate recorded during intra-day trading before it settled at N410/$1. It also sold for as low as N394/$1 during intra-day trading.
  • Forex turnover at the Investor and Exporters (I&E) window surged by 169.2% on Thursday, 22nd April 2021.
  • Data tracked by Nairametrics from FMDQ showed that forex turnover increased from $40.13 million recorded on Wednesday, 21st April 2021, to $108.04 million on Thursday.

Cryptocurrency watch

The world’s most priced digital asset plunged 3.68% on Friday morning to trade at $49,710

  • It dipped below $50k, as of 4:20 am on Friday, 23rd April 2021 as sell-offs by investors put pressure on the most sought-after cryptocurrency in the world.
  • Bitcoin has experienced a massive drop over the past few weeks, having enjoyed a significant rise earlier in the year.
  • According to a report, the decline signals an imminent reversal from its initial gains witnessed in 2020 and earlier in 2021.
  • Historically, Bitcoin has not stayed down for very long, and it has been known to be quite volatile and swing quickly and unexpectedly. Hence, it is hoped that the digital instrument will spring back up, in coming trading sessions.

Crude oil price

The price of crude oil recorded positive growth in the early hours of Friday, 23rd April 2021.

  • Brent Crude increased by 0.32% to trade at $65.61, indicating a growth of $0.21, compared to $65.83 recorded at the end of trade on Thursday
  • WTI Crude increased by 0.5% to trade at $65.61, while Natural Gas currently sells for an average of $2.752.
  • Meanwhile, Libya’s crude oil production has fallen significantly after a company said it would have to reduce output by 100,000 barrels per day.
  • Recall that, Nairametrics had reported that Libya’s National Corporation declared force majeure on exports from the port of Hariga due to lack of maintenance funds, consequently shutting down several fields and bringing the country’s production to less than 1 million barrels per day.

External reserve

Nigeria’s external reserve position, reduced by 0.09% on Wednesday 21st April 2021 to stand at $35.15 billion.

  • Data obtained from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), revealed that Nigeria’s external reserve dipped from $35.218 billion recorded on 20th April 2021 to $35.15 billion on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.
  • This represents the third consecutive decline recorded in the week, having had 19 successive growths in Nigeria’s external reserve.
  • The growth recorded was attributed to increasing global oil prices and the movement by the Apex bank to improve dollar inflow into the county.

 

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Exchange rate gains at NAFEX window despite decline in forex supply

Nigeria’s exchange rate appreciated against the US dollar on Wednesday to close at N410/$1.

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Wednesday, 21st April 2021: The exchange rate between the naira and the US dollar closed at N410 to a dollar at the Importers and Exporters window, where forex is traded officially.

Nigeria’s exchange rate appreciated against the US dollar on Wednesday to close at N410/$1. This represents a 0.16% gain compared to N410.67/$1 recorded on Tuesday, 20th April 2021.

The naira remained stable at the parallel market, closing at N486/$1 on Wednesday, 21st April 2021 after it depreciated by 0.83% in the previous trading session.

Trading at the official NAFEX window

The naira appreciated against the US dollar at the Investors and Exporters window on Wednesday to close at N410/$1. This represents a 67 kobo gain when compared to N410.67/$1 recorded on Tuesday, 20th April 2021.

  • The opening indicative rate closed at N409.54 to a dollar on Wednesday. This is 4 kobo depreciation, compared to N409.5/$1 recorded on Tuesday.
  • Also, an exchange rate of N422 to a dollar was the highest rate recorded during intra-day trading before it settled at N410/$1. It also sold for as low as N394/$1 during intra-day trading.
  • Forex turnover at the Investor and Exporters (I&E) window dipped by 59.7% on Wednesday, 21st April 2021.
  • Data tracked by Nairametrics from FMDQ showed that forex turnover decreased from $99.49 million recorded on Tuesday, 20th April 2021, to $40.13 million on Wednesday.

READ: Naira gains at NAFEX window despite 26.2% drop in dollar supply

Cryptocurrency watch

Bitcoin dipped by 3.96% to close at $54,267.91 on Wednesday, 21st April 2021.

  • The world’s most sought-after digital asset lost $2,235.28 in Wednesday’s trading session as the total Cryptocurrency market capitalisation dipped by 2.98% to close at $1.97 trillion.
  • Since the directive by the CBN to place a ban on crypto transactions in the country earlier in the year, usage of Bitcoin’s peer-to-peer trading in Nigeria has surged by 27%.
  • Notably, in the past 85 days, Nigerians have moved about $103 million worth of Bitcoins on just Paxful and LocalBitcoins channels alone.

Crude oil price slumps

The price of Brent crude oil dipped by 1.88% to close at $65.32 on Wednesday, 21st April 2021.

  • The decline in the price of crude was attributed to concerns that surging COVID-19 cases in India will drive down fuel demand in the world’s third-biggest oil importer.
  • Meanwhile, data from the American Petroleum Institute revealed that U.S. crude oil stocks rose by 436,000 barrels in the week ended 16th April 2021.
  • However, Libya’s National Oil Corporation declared force majeure on exports from the port of Hariga due to lack of maintenance funds, consequently shutting down several fields and bringing the country’s production to less than 1 million barrels per day.
  • Brent Crude closed at $65.32 (-1.88%), WTI Crude closed at $61.17 indicating a 0.29% decline, while natural gas also grew by 0.26% to close at $2.699.

READ: Naira remains stable across forex market as dollar supply improves significantly by 430%

External reserve

Nigeria’s external reserve declined by 0.1% on Tuesday, 20th April 2021 to stand at $35.18 billion.

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  • According to data obtained from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Nigeria’s external reserve dipped further on Wednesday from $35.22 billion recorded as of 19th April 2021 to $35.18 billion on Tuesday.
  • The second consecutive decline comes on the back of 19 successive growth recorded in Nigeria’s external reserve position.
  • Meanwhile, the Central Bank of Nigeria has moved to improve dollar inflow into the country by assuring exporters that they will continue to have unrestrained access to their export proceeds.
  • Governor Emefiele however, tasked exporters on repatriation of their export proceeds to improve foreign exchange inflows into Nigeria.

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