Bond Market Turns Bearish as Selloffs Persist

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Thursday, April 04, 2019 07:25 PM /Zedcrest Capital


***DMO to Issue 30-Year Naira Bonds This Quarter *** - Oniha


KEY INDICATORS

Indicator

Value

Commentary

Inflation

11.31%

As at March 15, 2019. A c.6bps decline from 11.37% recorded in January 2019

MPR

13.50%

Cut by 50bps to 13.50% at the Mar. 26, 2019 MPC Meeting

External Reserves

$44.68bn

As at April 3, 2019. A c.0.09% increase from $44.65bn on April 2, 2019

Brent Crude

$69.97pb

As at April 4, 2019. A c.0.94% increase from $69.32pb on April 3, 2019

 

 

Bonds

The FGN Bond market turned significantly bearish in today’s session, with yields trending higher by c.23bps on the day and consequently breaking above the 14.50% resistance point to close at an average of 14.68% on the bid. The most selloff remained on the 2028s which traded at a high of 14.65%.

 

The bearish sentiments could be largely linked to relatively weak demand interests and the news on the issuance of a new 30-year bond this quarter by the DMO.

 

We expect yields to remain slightly pressured, but with some bargain hunting expected at current levels. 


Benchmark FGN Bonds

Description

Bid (%)

Offer (%)

Day Change (%)

14.50 15-Jul-21

14.87

14.31

0.14

16.39 27-Jan-22

14.55

14.03

0.28

12.75 27-Apr-23

14.76

14.14

0.42

14.20 14-Mar-24

14.51

14.16

0.17

13.53 23-Mar-25

14.82

14.42

0.27

12.50 22-Jan-26

14.79

14.50

0.17

16.29 17-Mar-27

14.70

14.53

0.25

13.98 23-Feb-28

14.77

14.62

0.19

12.15 18-Jul-34

14.62

14.47

0.19

12.40 18-Mar-36

14.59

14.47

0.24

16.2499 18-Apr-37

14.50

14.30

0.17

Source: Zedcrest Dealing Desk

 

 

Treasury Bills

The T-bills market traded on a relatively flat note, as the CBN intervened in the market via a further OMO sale (c.N200bn) across the 203 and 364-day tenors offered. Stop rates were maintained at 13.04% on the longer tenor, whilst they compressed by 5bps to 12.95% on the medium tenor.

We expect yields to remain elevated in the secondary market, owing to the relatively tight system liquidity level from the significant OMO sale today and the anticipated retail FX funding for tomorrow.

 

Benchmark Treasury Bills

Description

Bid (%)

Offer (%)

Day Change (%)

4-Apr-19

9.90

9.65

(0.60)

2-May-19

12.25

11.80

0.00

13-Jun-19

12.00

11.50

0.00

18-Jul-19

12.25

12.00

0.00

1-Aug-19

13.15

12.90

0.05

12-Sep-19

13.10

13.00

0.05

3-Oct-19

13.15

13.05

(0.10)

14-Nov-19

13.20

12.95

0.10

5-Dec-19

13.25

13.00

0.15

2-Jan-20

13.10

12.95

0.00

6-Feb-20

9.90

9.65

(0.60)

Source: Zedcrest Dealing Desk

 

 

 

Money Market

Rates in the money market rose higher by c.3pct, as the CBN drained system liquidity via a significant OMO sale today. The OBB and OVN rates consequently ended the session at 19.71% and 20.86% respectively.

We expect rates to remain elevated tomorrow, as banks provide funding for the CBN’s bi-weekly retail FX auction.

Money Market Rates

 

Current (%)

Previous (%)

Open Buy Back (OBB)

19.71

16.71

Overnight (O/N)

20.86

17.50

Source: FMDQ, Zedcrest Research

 

 

FX Market

At the Interbank, the Naira/USD rate was unchanged at N307.00/$ (spot) and N355.78/$ (SMIS). The NAFEX closing rate in the I&E window however appreciated by 0.07% to N360.30/$, whilst market turnover remained slightly lower at $119m. At the parallel market, the cash rate appreciated by 0.03% to N358.60/$ whilst the transfer rate remained unchanged at N364.00/$.

 

FX Market

 

Current (N/$)

Previous ( N/$)

CBN Spot

307.00

307.00

CBN SMIS

355.78

355.78

I&E FX Window

360.30

360.55

Cash Market

358.60

358.70

Transfer Market

364.00

364.00

Source: CBN, FMDQ, REXEL BDC

 

 

 

Eurobonds

The NGERIA Sovereigns were slightly bearish, with yields marginally higher by c.4bps on the day, on the back of some more profit taking, especially on the long end of the curve.

 

In the NGERIA Corps, Investors remained slightly bullish on the 2022 maturities.



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