Bullish Sentiments Wane, Following Release of Q4 FGN Bond Calendar


October 8, 2018/Zedcrest Capital

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Indicator Value Commentary
Inflation 11.23% As at September14, 2018,9bps up from 11.14% recorded in July 2018.
MPR 14.00% Left Unchanged for the 11th Consecutive Time at the Sept. 25, 2018 MPC Meeting
External Reserves $43.84bn As atOctober5, 2018. A c.0.18% decrease from $43.92bnon October4, 2018
Brent Crude $82.97pb As at October 8, 2018. A c.2.01% decreasefrom$84.67pbon October 5, 2018


The bond market gave up recent gains in today’s session, with yields rising by c.15bps, as market players reacted to the release of the Q4 FGN bond Calendar, which contained slightly more volumes on offer than in the previous quarter. Market players were mostly bearish on the 2028s and 2034s while other maturities remained scantily traded.

We expect this trend to persist, even as we anticipate a further uptick in the inflation results for the month of September. 

Benchmark FGN Bonds
Description Bid (%) Offer (%) Day Change (%)
15.54 13-Feb-20 13.93 13.64 0.16
14.50 15-Jul-21 14.97 14.56 0.23
16.39 27-Jan-22 14.50 13.69 0.47
14.20 14-Mar-24 15.02 14.86 0.07
12.50 22-Jan-26 14.86 14.71 0.06
16.29 17-Mar-27 15.15 14.98 0.09
13.98 23-Feb-28 15.21 15.13 0.11
12.15 18-Jul-34 15.25 15.12 0.08
12.40 18-Mar-36 15.20 15.01 0.11
16.2499 18-Apr-37 15.11 14.92 0.09

Source: Zedcrest Dealing Desk  

Treasury Bills

The T-bills market traded on a realtively calm note as system liqudity got bolstered by inflows from paris club credits (c.N175bn) by the CBN. Yields consequently declined marginally by c.5bps, with slight buying interests observed on 10-Jan and 28-Mar, whilst other maturities traded relatively flat on the day.

We expect the market to remain relatively calm in the near term, as appetite for the CBN’s weekly OMO auctions continues to dominate sentiments in the market ahead of the OMO maturity (c.N227bn) on Thursday.  

Benchmark FGN Treasury Bills
Description Bid (%) Offer (%) Day Change (%)
1-Nov-18 13.00 12.75 0.00
6-Dec-18 13.00 12.75 0.00
3-Jan-19 12.75 12.30 0.00
14-Feb-19 12.90 12.50 0.00
14-Mar-19 12.70 12.25 0.00
4-Apr-19 12.50 12.20 0.00
18-Jul-19 13.00 12.45 0.00
1-Aug-19 13.00 12.50 0.00
12-Sep-19 13.25 12.75 0.00

Source: Zedcrest Dealing Desk  

Money Market

The OBB and OVN rates crashed by c.12pct to 9.50% and 10.58% respectively, as inflows from Paris Club credits bolstered system liquidity to c.N250bn positive.

We expect rates to remain relatively stable, as there are no significant outflows expected tomorrow.

Money Market Rates
  Current (%) Previous (%)
Open Buy Back (OBB) 9.50 20.86
Overnight (O/N) 10.58 22.50

Source: FMDQ, Zedcrest Research  

FX Market

At the Interbank, the Naira/USD Spot rate depreciated marginally by c.0.02% to N306.40/$ (spot), while the SMIS rate remained unchanged at N361.34/$. At the I&E FX window a total of $128.04mn was traded in 273 deals, with rates ranging between N351.00/$ – N365.30/$. The NAFEX closing rate depreciated further by c.0.22% to another record high of N364.61/$ from N363.82/$ previously.

At the parallel market, the cash rate and transfer rates depreciated by 20k each to N359.70/$ and N363.00/$ respectively.

FX Market
  Current (N/$) Previous ( N/$)
CBN Spot 306.45 306.40
CBN SMIS 361.34 361.34
I&E FX Window 364.61 363.82
Cash Market 359.70 359.50
Transfer Market 363.00 362.80



The NGERIA sovereigns maintained their recent bearish trend, with yields inching slightly higher by c.4bps on average.                                                                                            

The NGERIA Corps were mostly quiet, with no significant trading activities observed.

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