Intraday high hits N1249/$1 as naira gains marginally to close at N888.35/$1 in official market  

The intraday high recorded N1249/$1 as the Naira gained marginally against the dollar on Monday, 18th December 2023 both at the official market and the black market.

The domestic currency appreciated 0.17% to close at N888.35 to a dollar at the close of business, data from the NAFEM where forex is officially traded, showed.

  • This represents an N1.51 gain or a 0.17% increase in the local currency compared to the N889.86 closed on Friday.     
  • The intraday high recorded was N1249/$1, while the intraday low was N720/$1, representing a wide spread of N529/$1.     
  • According to data obtained from the official NAFEM window, forex turnover at the close of the trading was $137.82 million, representing a 230.82% increase compared to the previous day.     

Similarly, the naira gained marginally at the parallel forex market where forex is sold unofficially, the exchange rate quoted at N1235/$1, representing a 0.81% gain over what it closed the previous day, while peer-to-peer traders quoted around N1214.10/$1.

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has said it has made tranche payments to 31 banks to clear the backlog of foreign exchange forward obligations.

The apex bank also disclosed that it has set up foreign exchange frameworks to address the FX issues.

What financial experts are saying    

The former President and Chairman governing council of, the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers (CIS) and the Managing Director, of Arthur Steven Asset Management Limited, Mr. Olatunde Amolegbe in an exclusive chat with Nairametrics said for the exchange rate to be stable, market and participants confidence is key.

  • “Confidence is what makes foreigners want to come to invest in your country and make locals want to keep their investments here.    
  • “In the absence of these dynamics, demand will naturally outstrip supply and you see the sort of instability we are experiencing now.     
  • “I think the decision to clear FX commitment backs will be positive for market confidence, but the desired impact might manifest in the medium term rather than in the short run.    
  • “I also think the efforts at using monetary policy tools to reduce system liquidity could ultimately reduce currency speculation but again it’s not a silver bullet.     
  • “Deliberate efforts need to intensify at effecting structural changes that will encourage import substitution such as improved security, better infrastructure increased foreign direct investments, and encouraging local production,” he said.

Managing Director/CEO, of Financial Derivatives Company Limited, Bismarck Rewane had said in a report that the naira is expected to remain volatile on lingering forex supply concerns.

The dollar dearth means speculative buying is likely to continue, with an increasing number of market participants taking long positions on the dollar while shorting the naira.

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