CBN Disconcerts Market with Further OMO Rate Hike as T-bill Yields Hit 7-Month High

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Thursday, September 25, 2018/ 08.07PM / Zedcrest Capital

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KEY INDICATORS

Indicator

Value

Commentary

Inflation

11.28%

As at October16, 2018,5bps up from 11.23% recorded in August 2018.

MPR

14.00%

Left Unchanged for the 11th Consecutive Time at the Sept. 25, 2018 MPC Meeting

External Reserves

$42.41bn

As atOctober24, 2018. A c.0.12% decrease from $42.46bnon October23, 2018

Brent Crude

$76.67pb

As at October 25, 2018. A c.0.74% decreasefrom$76.11pbon October 24, 2018

 

 

Bonds

The bond market traded on a slightly bearish note today, as news of an expected hike in the CBN’s OMO stop rate fuelled slight sell on some short and mid tenor bonds. Yields were consequently higher by c.7bps on the day, but with slight buying interests still noticeable on some mid and long tenured maturities.

 

We expect yields to maintain a slightly upward trend going forward, in tune with the continued lift in short term rates by the CBN. Our bearish outlook is however expected to be moderated by continued buying interests from real money clients

 


Benchmark FGN Bonds

Description

Bid (%)

Offer (%)

Day Change (%)

15.54 13-Feb-20

14.52

14.00

0.34

14.50 15-Jul-21

15.19

15.03

0.19

16.39 27-Jan-22

14.73

14.38

0.00

14.20 14-Mar-24

15.16

15.02

0.06

12.50 22-Jan-26

15.12

15.01

0.04

16.29 17-Mar-27

15.21

15.10

0.04

13.98 23-Feb-28

15.42

15.35

0.02

12.15 18-Jul-34

15.34

15.18

(0.01)

12.40 18-Mar-36

15.29

15.16

0.00

16.2499 18-Apr-37

15.19

15.11

0.02

Source: Zedcrest Dealing Desk 

 

Treasury Bills

The T-bills market remained bearish in today’s session, with yields rising by c.25bps avg., as market players repriced their bids in reaction to the expected hike in the CBN’s OMO rate.

 

The CBN sold a total of c.N186bn OMO bills to mop up inflows from the c.N372bn OMO maturities. It raised rates by c.25bps on the 98 and 182-day bills and by 50bps on the 364-day bill offered. The rates consequently cleared at 11.50%, 13.00% and 14.50% respectively. With the recent action by the CBN, yields on the long end of the curve (c.15.70%) are now at levels last seen at the start of the year (Jan 2018), while average yields (c.13.70%) are now at a 7-Month high from April 2018.

 

We expect the market to remain bearish tomorrow, due to expected further tightening of system liqudity via a retail SMIS by the CBN.

 

Benchmark FGN Treasury Bills

Description

Bid (%)

Offer (%)

Day Change (%)

1-Nov-18

13.75

12.15

0.50

6-Dec-18

14.00

12.85

0.50

3-Jan-19

14.00

12.85

1.00

14-Feb-19

13.40

12.85

0.40

14-Mar-19

13.00

12.60

0.00

4-Apr-19

13.00

12.60

0.30

18-Jul-19

13.20

12.70

0.20

1-Aug-19

14.05

13.65

0.35

12-Sep-19

14.30

14.00

0.35

3-Oct-19

14.15

13.95

0.20

Source: Zedcrest Dealing Desk

 

 

Money Market

Following the Net OMO repayment of c.186bn in today’s session, the OBB and OVN rates moderated by c.5pct to 11.50% and 11.90% respectively. System liquidity which opened the day at c.N4bn negative is consequently estimated to have been bolstered by the net inflows to c.N180bn as at close of business today.

 

We expect rates to spike above single digits tomorrow, due to expected outflows (c.N300bn est) for a biweekly Retail SMIS and c.N88bn outflow for settlement of yesterday’s bond auction sales, with system liquidity consequently estimated to close the week in negative territory.

 

Money Market Rates

 

Current (%)

Previous (%)

Open Buy Back (OBB)

11.50

16.67

Overnight (O/N)

11.93

17.21

Source: FMDQ, Zedcrest Research

 

FX Market

At the Interbank, the Naira/USD rate remained stable at N306.55/$ (spot) and N362.52/$ (SMIS).At the I&E FX window a total of $220.32mn was traded in 400 deals, with rates ranging between N330.00/$ - N365.00/$. The NAFEX closing rate appreciatedslightlyby c.0.02% toN363.95/$ from N364.01/$ previously.

                                                                     

At the parallel market, the cash rate reversed gains by 30k to N361.00/$, while the transfer rate remained unchanged at N364.00/$.

 

FX Market

 

Current (N/$)

Previous ( N/$)

CBN Spot

306.55

306.55

CBN SMIS

362.52

362.52

I&E FX Window

363.95

364.01

Cash Market

361.00

360.70

Transfer Market

364.00

364.00

Source: CBN, FMDQ, REXEL BDC 

 

 

Eurobonds

The NGERIA Sovereignswere slightly bearish in today’s session, with yields creeping higher by c.5bps on average. The most selloff was on the Feb 2030 which lost c.0.45pct on the day.

               

The NGERIA Corps were mostly flat, with better sellers seen on the DIAMBK 19s and FIDBAN 22s.

 

 

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