02 November 2012, Sweetcrude, Lagos – Local and international financial market update.
Nigeria – Nigeria may shut down oil fields as it tries to clamp down on gas flaring, even if it means a loss of revenue, the petroleum industry’s chief regulator said on Wednesday. Africa’s top oil producer and holder of the world’s seventh largest natural gas reserves is considered to be among the top two gas flarers in the world, burning off unwanted gas, after Russia. One of the things we are doing is to do some analysis for government, to such an extent that it will even mean a proposal to shut down fields to avert huge gas flaring,
USA – Manufacturing expanded more than forecast, consumer confidence rose to a four year high and fewer Americans filled claims for unemployment benefits heading into the fourth quarter. The Institute of Supply Management’s factory to a five month high of 51.7 in October. The Conference Boards sentiment index increased to 72.2, the highest since February 2008. Applications for jobless benefits fell by 9,000 to 363,000 in the week ending Oct. 27.
India – The rupee rose for a fourth day as US employment and manufacturing data beat estimates. The rupee advanced 0.1% to 53.6350 per USD as of 10.00am today in Mumbai. Global funds pumped a net of USD2 billion into Indians stocks last month regulator data shows.
China – Forwards for Yuan are trading at the biggest discount to the spot rate in four years on bets a three month appreciation in China’s currency will reverse following next week’s US election. Both US presidential candidates Both US presidential candidates say an undervalued yuan gives China an unfair edge in trade.
Bonds – Another bullish session yesterday, yields dipping further across the curve though it appears to have hot some resistance. We might see some sell down as November ahead of the auctions.
Bills – Bullish to open in the market today with no particular large tickets fuelling the activity, this was met by profit taking especially on the longer dated maturities, leading to some correction ahead of the close.
Money Market – OBB and unsecured O/N rates at 12.00% & 12.50% to close yesterday.
Indicative Currency Exchange Rates
EURUSD 1.2934 1.2944
GBPUSD 1.6111 1.6121
USDJPY 80.23 80.63
USDCHF 0.9326 0.9346
GBPEUR 1.2456 1.2466
USDZAR 8.6355 8.7355
USDNGN 157.08 157.58
JPYNGN 1.9579 2.0079
CHFNGN 168.43 172.43
EURNGN 203.17 207.17
GBPNGN 253.07 257.07
ZARNGN 18.19 20.19
What a fall! We are not talking about Brent here, it is about the ICE gas oil nov/dec spread- from a high of about 16.75 $/mt to 2 $mt. Lacking conviction to get past the resistance, oil is trending lower but slower. Brent likely to break below the recent low of 106.70.
NIBOR (%) LIBOR (%)
O/N 12.1250 USD 1 month 0.2100
7 Day 13.0417 USD 2 month 0.2605
30 Day 14.4167 USD 3 month 0.3128
60 Day 15.0417 USD 6 month 0.5394
90 Day 15.5000 USD 12 month 0.8755
Y/Y Consumer Inflation September 2012 : 11.3%
FX Reserves: 23 October 2012 (USD bn) 42.27
Source: Reuters Guardian, Bloomberg, Central Bank of Nigeria,
Financial Market Dealers Association Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria
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USD/NGN 156.90/00 156.47/57 156.50/60 156.98/08