05 April 2012, Sweetcrude, Lagos – Local and international financial market update.
NIGERIA: The Presidency has approved the $72 oil price benchmark proposed by the National Assembly for the 2012 budget. The Finance Minister Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala disclosed this to reporters at the end of the National Economic Management Team (NEMT) meeting. She said: “On the specific areas of discrepancies, obviously, the first one is the benchmark price that went from $70 to $72, which we have looked at the analysis that it was used for, part of it to reduce deficit, part of it for additional spending and we think this thing is okay.’’
EUROPE: European stocks fell for a second day after Spain sold fewer bonds than its maximum target and the Federal Reserve damped expectations of more monetary stimulus for the U.S. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index retreated 2.2 percent to 258.50 at the 4.30 p.m. close in London yesterday, the biggest decline in almost a month.
Bonds – Markets were still relatively quiet on Wednesday, light trading activity yields largely flat across the curve.
Bills – Bullish market again yesterday with most of the focus on the short dated maturities ahead of the expectation of an inflow of about N93.5billion from maturing OMO bills today. It is unclear if the CBN will refinance the maturing bills and this is what has driven the activity yesterday.
Money Market – OBB and unsecured O/N rates trading stable at 14.50% & 15.50% respectively, market is still short on liquidity.
CBN WDAS Auction
Offered: 150mio Sold: 150mio
Marginal rate: 155.90
Weighted average: 155.97
No. of Banks: 16
WDAS Forward Auction
Weighted Avg Spot rate
Demand USD mn
Sold USD mn
Hi Low Close Prev.Close
USD/NGN 157.63/73 157.53/63 157.55/65 157.52/62
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|Source: FMD and CBN|