Domestic Commodity Prices Remained Flat Despite August Break, Harvest Season & Improved Logistics


Tuesday, August 22, 2017 / 6:14 PM /FDC

The naira has weakened in the parallel market to N370/$ despite sustained forex injection by the CBN of $559m in the last week. This is because of growing aggregate demand for forex due to school fees, summer holidays and hajj travel.

Domestic commodity prices have remained flat despite the August break, harvest season and improved logistics.

The attached slides sum up the events that took place in the domestic and global commodity markets this week.

Burning Economic Issues
·        Naira remains weak at N370/$

·        CBN sustains supply in forex market - $464m

·        Stock market loses 3.43% (N650bn) last week & 0.91% on Monday

·        42trn e-payment transactions in 6months

·        On-grid power output down 184mw

·        Shortfall between invoiced and paid amount between NBET & Discos (N28.2bn)

·        Oil price up marginally to $52pb

·        Nigeria’s oil production in July up at 1.75mbpd  

Economic News 

The Good  
·        Diesel price flat at N160/ltr

·        President likely to fast track PIB and other initiatives

The Bad

·        Naira weakness continues in spite of forex supply

·        Food prices flat despite August break  

Power Generation analysis & Impact  
August 21st : Average power output was 3,442MWh/hour (down 184MWh/h)

·        Gas constraint was 550MW; frequency management constraint due to loss of DisCo feeders was 3241MW

·        Estimated loss: N1,819bn (annualised at N663.9bn /$1.65bn)

·        NBET- Discos received 91.68% of energy generated with a shortfall of N28.2bn in payment in May

·        Top payments- from Abuja, Ikeja, Ibadan and Yola discos

·        Bottom payments – Kano, Kaduna and Jos

Domestic Commodity Prices Movement 

 Stock Market 
·        NSE ASI 0.91% to 36,584.44pts

·        Consumer goods sub index 0.73% to 959.15pts

Oil prices
·        Brent crude 0.66% to $52pb

·        Oil price trades above $52pb on the closure of the second largest refinery in the US, Texas refinery

·        U.S. crude stock piles are still high despite fall in rig count by 5 to 763 rigs

·        Global supply glut remains a threat to prices

Oil markets today  

Outlook – Oil Prices    

·        US shale output expected to decline as energy firms reduce drilling

·        Oil price to remain slightly above $52pb

Outlook – Agric Prices 


·        Expectations of favorable weather forecast to put pressure on prices



·        Prices to trade bearish as supply glut persists


·        Growing supplies continue to decrease prices

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