Are The Economic Realities of 2016 to Persist in 2017?


Friday, January 20, 2017 4:08 PM /FDC

The events of 2016 have rattled the average consumer to say the least and now the question on everyone’s mind is ‘are the economic realities of 2016 to persist in 2017?’

Prices have remained static in the last week of 2016 however; we expect commodity prices to decline as we enter January 2017.

This is because consumer effective demand has been negatively affected by festive spending and January school fees.

Producers will have to be long cash and short inventory. Hence, we are likely to see a ‘dumping’ of goods in the market.

The attached report summarizes the commodity price movements for this week.

Burning Economic Issues

• Senate retains N305/$ exchange rate for the MTEF/FSP

• Oil benchmark is raised by 4.7% to $44.5/barrel

• N2.321 trillion borrowing plan was approved

• National blackout still widespread

•Diesel price drops slightly to N255/ltr

• External reserves rise above $27bn

• Abuja airport closure still a hot potato

Economic News

The Good: 
• Borrowing plan approval to help fiscal plans to boost the economy

• External reserves boost could ease pressure on naira

Bad news:
• Abuja closure comes with financial and economic disruptive costs

• Financial costs in excess of N7bn($14m)

• Economic disruptive costs likely to exceed $3.6bn

Domestic Commodity Prices

Stock Market
•NSE ASI 0.13% (26, 245.34 pts)
• Market dips slightly as it awaits earnings and MPC meeting

Oil Prices
• Brent crude by 2.58% to $54.42pb

• Shale production costs have declined 39% in 2 years

• Encouraging more oil production from the US

• Comments on output cut deal triggered a dip in oil prices

• Saudi Arabia hinted that cut deal is unlikely to go beyond June

“We don’t think it’s necessary given the level of compliance...and given the expectations of demand.” - Saudi Arabia Energy minister

Oil Markets Today

Outlook – Oil Prices
• An early end to the OPEC quota deals might make current efforts futile

• This happens on the backdrop of threats from increased shale production

• However, IMF predicts that oil prices will rally 20% in 2017

Outlook – Agric Prices

• Strong Brazilian corn production to weigh on prices

• Increased Indian demand to support bullish wheat market



• Abrupt end of crushing season to support a rally in prices

• US cocoa to be mainly driven by dollar movements this week

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