Domestic Commodity Prices Benefitting from Bountiful Harvests


Monday, October 24, 2016 8:40am / fdc

Domestic commodities mainly maize, sorghum and yam are benefitting from the bountiful harvest. Retail prices are yet to respond as consumers continue to resist higher prices.

At the macro-level, stronger oil prices are likely to strengthen the naira in the near term.

The attached/below report summarizes commodity price movements for this week and its impact on your wallet.

Burning Economic Issues
• Shortage of margarine for baking products due to forex scarcity

• Emirates and Kenya Airways exit Abuja route

• Average interbank interest rates crashed to 20% pa. as FX auction disappoints

• $313m only sold, much lower than expected

• Saudi Arabia launches its first international bond sale of $17.5bn

• ExxonMobil divests from Nigerian downstream sector

• Naira flat at parallel market (N455/$), down marginally at interbank (N305.25/$)

Domestic Commodity Prices
• Price of baked products to increase by 15% - AMBCON

• Prices of bread to spike

• Rice trading at N22,600 per 50kg

• Diesel price flat at N190-N195/liter

Stock Market
•NSE ASI down by 0.01% to close at 27,596.82pts

•Dearth of positive news to boost investor sentiment

Oil prices steady above $52

• Brent crude 0.80% to $51.97pb

• WTI 0.95 % to $50.91pb

• Oil prices gained momentum due to upbeat outlook 

• “Fundamentals are improving, supply/demand are rebalancing” -Saudi Arabian Energy Minister |

• “Confident about prospects of a planned production cut in Nov. 30 meeting” - OPEC Secretary General

• Chinese crude production declined by 9.8% to 3.89mbpd

• U.S crude inventories fell by 5.2mb to 468.7mb – EIA

Outlook – oil prices
• Oil prices to trade between $50 - $55pb
• On expectation of production freeze in Nov. 30 meeting
• OPEC officials are optimistic about reaching a deal
• Production cut quotas will determine prices in the medium term
• Weak global demand not strong enough to mop up excess supply

Outlook – agric prices


• USDA unexpectedly cut forecast for global stockpiles
• This will be bullish for grain futures in the medium term


• Prices are expected to trade lower due to improved harvests in Brazil COCOA

• Rainfall in West Africa is expected to revive trees and improve crop harvest

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