Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Naira gains at official market as rise in external reserve continues

The exchange rate between the naira and the US dollar closed at N414.83/$1, at the official Investors and Exporters window.

Naira appreciated marginally against the US dollar on Monday, to close at N414.83/$1, representing a 0.02% gain when compared to N414.90/$1 recorded on Friday 24th September 2021.

Meanwhile, the exchange rate at the parallel market closed at N573/$1 on Monday. This is according to information obtained by Nairametrics from BDC operators in Lagos.

The naira gained at the official market despite a 34% drop in dollar supply. The local currency is still hitting a record low against the US dollar at the black market despite the news of Nigeria’s Eurobond sales which is meant to boost its external reserves. Nigeria, last week, sold $4 billion Eurobond after investors oversubscribed to the tune of $12.2 billion.

The rise in external reserve on the back of the Eurobond issue is likely to increase the CBN’s capacity to support the naira.

Trading at the official NAFEX window

The exchange rate appreciated marginally against the US dollar on Monday, 27th September 2021 to close the day at N414.83 to a dollar, representing a 7 kobo gain when compared to N413.90/$1 recorded on Friday, 24th September 2021.

The opening indicative rate closed at N413.30/$1 on Monday, representing a 16 kobo drop when compared to N413.14/$1 recorded on Friday, 24th September 2021.

Cryptocurrency watch

The global crypto market capitalization stood at $1.96 trillion on Monday, with the market trading up at 5.08% over the course of the last day, according to information on CoinMarketCap.

The total crypto market volume over the last 24 hours was $113.85 billion, which pointed to an increase of 20.52% for the same.

Cryptocurrency investment products and funds posted inflows for a sixth consecutive week, as investors viewed recent regulatory challenges in the sector as buying opportunities, data from digital asset manager, CoinShares showed on Monday.

The world’s largest and most popular cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, was down by 3.77% to trade at $42,492.22 after series of consecutive gains within the last week.

The second largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, Ethereum, dropped by 5.93% to trade at $2,948.46, while XRP was down by 4.31% to trade at $0.933.


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