Black Market Dollar (USD) To Naira (NGN) Exchange Rate Today 19th July 2024

Naira Holds Steady In Official Market Amid Parallel Market Fluctuations Within Fitch Ratings projection

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Official Market Stability

The Nigerian naira has shown stability in the official market, aligning with projections by Fitch Ratings. Despite trading within the N1500 range against the U.S. dollar in the parallel market, the official rate has demonstrated resilience.

“The naira’s stability in the official market is a positive sign for Nigeria’s economy,” said Olawale Adigun, a financial analyst in Lagos. “This shows that the Central Bank’s measures are having a significant impact.”

Parallel Market Pressures

However, the naira briefly lost its N1,500 support level in the black market due to increased demand for the U.S. dollar. This volatility highlights the ongoing challenges in Nigeria’s foreign exchange landscape.

“Demand for dollars in the parallel market remains high, which puts pressure on the naira,” noted Chidi Okafor, a currency trader. “It’s a complex situation that requires careful management.”

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Central Bank’s Measures

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has been actively working to stabilize the naira. By aggressively influencing the foreign exchange market, the CBN aims to improve liquidity and maintain the value of the local currency.

“The CBN’s hawkish stance has been crucial in stabilizing the naira,” said Emeka Umeh, an economist. “Their monetary tightening measures are helping to curb inflation and attract dollar inflows.”

The CBN has also implemented policies to enhance transparency in the foreign exchange market. By abandoning exchange rate ceilings and adopting market-based limitations, the bank hopes to reduce volatility and support the naira.

Impact of Oil Receipts and Donor Financing

Enhanced oil receipts and multilateral donor financing for the third quarter are expected to support the naira at the N1,500 level. Recently, the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) provided Nigeria with $925 million, part of a $3.3 billion crude oil-backed prepayment facility.

Additionally, the World Bank approved $2.25 billion in aid this month to support Nigeria’s economic reforms. These funds are expected to enhance foreign exchange liquidity, providing further stability for the naira.

Fitch Ratings’ Projections

Fitch Ratings, an international credit rating agency, projects the naira to end the year at N1,450 per dollar. This projection is based on the naira’s current performance and the measures implemented by the CBN.

“In June, the naira demonstrated relative stability against the U.S. dollar,” stated a report from Fitch Ratings. “We expect this trend to continue, with the naira potentially ending the year stronger than it is now.”

U.S. Dollar Index Outlook

The U.S. Dollar Index (DXY) is currently on an upward trajectory, with potential gains for the third consecutive week. Despite these gains, the greenback has faced challenges, and traders should remain cautious of key resistance points.

“The dollar’s performance has been mixed, with significant hurdles ahead,” said Lisa Montgomery, a currency strategist. “Traders should watch the 105.9 and 106.51 index points closely.”

On the downside, the Simple Moving Averages (SMA) provide support, with the 105.52 level as the initial support. If breached, the index may consolidate around 104 points.

The Nigerian naira’s stability in the official market is a positive development amid the challenges in the parallel market. The Central Bank of Nigeria’s efforts, coupled with enhanced oil receipts and donor financing, are crucial in maintaining this stability.

As the year progresses, Fitch Ratings’ projections suggest a brighter outlook for the naira, potentially ending the year stronger against the U.S. dollar.

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Emmanuel Ochayi is a journalist. He is a graduate of the University of Lagos, School of first choice and the nations pride. Emmanuel is keen on exploring writing angles in different areas, including Business, climate change, politics, Education, and others.

Emmanuel Ochayi is a journalist. He is a graduate of the University of Lagos, School of first choice and the nations pride. Emmanuel is keen on exploring writing angles in different areas, including Business, climate change, politics, Education, and others.

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