Price of Cement is up 8% to N2,700 while Brent Slipped to $56.34pb


Friday, October 13, 2017 / 8:40 AM /FDC

The retail price of cement is up 8% to N2,700. This is not unusual because at this time of the year, the demand for cement surges due to increased real estate activity. In addition, the FGN’s increased capex of N2.2trn in 2017 means more civil works and construction.


In the global markets, brent slipped to $56.34pb due to concerns that rising U.S production will offset OPEC’s efforts at maintaining market stability.


Burning Economic Issues  

·        Oil price down 1.07% to $56.34pb

        Cement price jumps 8% to N2700

        IMF warns against excessive foreign borrowing

        Naira flat at N363/$ and N475/£

        Diesel retail price rises to N200/ltr


Economic News  

The Good  

·        OPEC’s determined to curb excess supplies

The Bad

·        High diesel price will stoke inflation

·        Cement price up to N2,700 per bag

Power Generation analysis & Impact 
October 8th: Average power output sent was 3486MWh/hour (up 312MWh/h)

Gas constraint was 302.4MW; frequency management constraint due to loss of DisCo feeders was 2169.6MW

Estimated loss: N1.187bn (annualised at N433.25bn /$1.21bn)

DisCos’ inability to pick load is the largest constraint to improved service delivery

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Domestic Commodity Prices Movement
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Stock Market 
·        NSE ASI 0.22% to 36,732.24pts

Consumer goods sub index 0.61% to 933.24pts

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Oil Prices
·        Brent crude 1.07% to $56.34pb

EIA reported a 2.8mb drawdown in U.S. crude Inventories

Refineries in Texas recover from hurricane-related shutdowns

De facto OPEC leader - Saudi Arabia determined to reduce monthly crude exports

On expectations that market rebalancing is underway 

Oil Markets Today

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Outlook – Oil Prices
·        Oil prices expected to maintain upward trend

Supply & demand gap is expected to narrow further in coming months

Amid a surge in global demand growth

OPEC’s Secretary-General seeks U.S. shale producers cooperation to help cut excess global supplies

Outlook – Agric Prices 


·        Markets await the release of the USDA crop report

Prices expected to trade lower on forecasts of rising inventories and weak demand


·        Demand from bulk consumers will drive price movement

·        Prices will trade slightly higher due to lower than expected cocoa deliveries in Ivory Coast

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