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Forex Weekly Outlook December 12-16

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  • Forex Weekly Outlook December 12-16

As the world awaits the Federal Reserve rate decision this week, the U.S economy continued to churn out positive economic data amid Trump’s proposed fiscal spending in 2017. The services sector expanded (57.2) the most in over a year in November, while the US factory orders rose 2.7 percent in October, the highest in 1-1/2 years. Also, a gauge of confidence in the economy showed that consumers’ sentiment surged 4.5 percent in December to 98 percent, a little below 2015 high, which was the highest since 2004. These data confirmed the resurgence in the U.S economy and validated manufacturing sector recovery as investors continue to increase their stocks holding ahead of Trump presidency.

Although, experts have said uncertainty surrounding incoming administration’s policy in early 2017 will fuel market volatility as businesses and investors continue to position for business tax cuts and an aggressive fiscal stimulus package. However, the possibility of rate increase having substantial impacts this week is minimal, this is because the financial market as a whole has shifted focus to a series of policies president-elect planned to implement as he attempt to stimulate the economy through aggressive fiscal spending and job creation in January.

Again, this week the Federal Reserve is expected to increase rates by 25 basis points to 0.75 percent on Wednesday. Also, retail sales, producers’ price index, building permits and inflation rate data are due this week.

In the Euro-area, the European Central Bank (ECB) president, Mario Draghi, last week announced the extension of asset buying program that was scheduled to end in March 2017 to December 2017. According to the president, an adjusted quantitative easing program will begins on April 2017 at €60 billion a month up till December 2017. Down from the on-going €80 billion asset-purchasing program.

While the Euro-area economic outlook remains vague with a low inflation rate and weak manufacturing sector, the president forecast an accelerated inflation rate of 1.7 percent in 2019 from present 0.2 percent. This decision prompted investors to doubt the region monetary space to react to possible uncertainty in-case incoming economic data digress from projection.

Again, the statement that purchases would continue beyond 2017 if the institution deem it fit to lift inflation back towards its target per adventure this extension failed to materialize, further cast doubt on the economic stability of the region and encourage sell-off of the Euro currency against its counterparts last week. Especially with the Federal Reserve likely to raise interest rates this week, the market is anticipating possible parity of the EURUSD pair.

In Australia, the economy contracted 0.5 percent, after data showed slow growth amid subdued investment outlook and low inflation rate in the third quarter. The Reserve Bank of Australia Governor attributed the negative growth rate to temporary swing, therefore, leaving the cash rate at a record low of 1.5 percent on Tuesday. This week, I will be looking to trade EURCAD and AUDUSD.

EURCAD

This pair has lost about 1370 pips within 5 weeks and closed below 1.4070 support level established since November 2015, after the ECB extends its quantitative easing program last week. While, the Canadian dollar on the other hand has recovered from previous lows, following a successful production cut by both OPEC and non-OPEC. Again, economic data from Canada showed the economy has bounced back from Alberta wild fire with the manufacturing sector gradually improving.  Also, the Euro-area is currently going through political uncertainty – France and Italy election, Greece financial woes and Brexit. Hence, the reason I sold this pair on Wednesday last week, but this week I am maintaining my bearish outlook on this pair as long as 1.4070 resistance holds, with 1.3742 as the target. I believe once the market digests the news of OPEC and non-OPEC reaching consensus over the weekend that the Canadian dollar will get a boost.

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AUDUSD

This pair failed twice to breach 0.7505 resistance in the past two weeks, and further weighed upon by the 0.5 percent negative growth rate recorded by the Australian economy in the third quarter of the year, the first time in 25 years. Although, the Reserve Bank of Australia Governor Philip Lowe said it was a temporary swing, but few experts have questioned the economic stability of the Aussie and call for more a proactive approach. Whereas, the US dollar is likely to get a boost from the Federal Reserve this week.

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Again, at 74 cents to a US dollar, Aussie dollar is a little overpriced. This week, I will be looking to sell this pair as long as 0.7505 hold for 0.7379 first target and 0.7203 as the second target.

Last week Recap

EURGBP

This week, I remain bearish on EURGBP as long as 0.8471 holds and will be targeting 0.8240 support as discussed last week, a sustained break of that should open up 0.8117 level.

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NZDCAD

This pair topped our list last week, but fell short of our target. This week, as long as 0.9505 resistance is intact I am bearish on this pair with 0.9298 as the target.

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CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and Investing.com, with over a decade experience in the global financial markets.

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Daily Naira Exchange Rates (Parallel Market, Bureau De Change and CBN Rates); Friday, January 15, 2021

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Daily Naira Exchange Rates (Parallel Market, Bureau De Change and CBN Rates); Friday, January 15, 2021

The Nigerian Naira remained under pressure against the United States Dollar on the parallel market at N475 exchange rate, while the value has not improved against the Euro and Pound, inflation rose to 15.75 percent in the month of December to further compound Nigeria’s predicament.

Date USD GBP EURO YUAN Canadian Australian
NGN BUY/SELL BUY/SELL BUY/SELL BUY/SELL BUY/SELL BUY/SELL
15/01/2021 470/475 635/642 573/580 60/70 375/385 245/293
14/01/2021 470/475 630/640 570/580 60/70 375/385 245/293
13/01/2021 470/474 630/637 570/580 60/70 375/385 245/293
12/01/2021 470/475 630/637 575/580 60/70 375/385 245/293
11/01/2021 468/675 625/635 575/582 60/70 372/382 245/293
08/01/2021 467/672 622/630 570/575 60/70 365/378 245/293
07/01/2021 465/470 620/628 570/575 60/70 365/378 245/293
06/01/2021 465/470 620/628 565/570 60/70 365/378 245/293
05/01/2021 465/470 620/628 565/572 60/70 365/378 245/293
04/01/2021 465/470 620/628 565/572 60/70 365/378 245/293
31/12/2020 465/470 620/628 567/573 60/70 365/378 245/293
30/12/2020 465/470 620/628 567/573 60/70 365/378 245/293
29/12/2020 465/470 620/628 565/573 60/70 365/378 245/293
28/12/2020 460/465 615/625 560/570 60/70 350/367 245/293
25/12/2020 460/465 615/625 560/570 60/70 350/367 245/293
24/12/2020 460/465 615/625 560/570 60/70 350/367 245/293
23/12/2020 470/475 622/632 575/580 60/70 350/367 245/293
22/12/2020 472/476 622/630 570/578 60/70 340/362 250/295
21/12/2020 472/476 622/632 570/580 55/68 340/362 250/295
18/12/2020 472/477 622/630 570/577 55/68 340/362 250/295

 Bureau De Change Naira Rates

Date USD GBP EURO
NGN BUY/SELL BUY/SELL BUY/SELL
15/01/2020 460/475 630/638 570/577
14/01/2020 460/475 630/638 570/577
13/01/2020 460/470 626/633 565/576
12/01/2020 460/470 626/633 566/576
11/01/2020 460/470 620/630 560/573
08/01/2020 460/470 615/625 555/573
07/01/2020 460/470 615/623 550/570
06/01/2020 460/470 610/623 550/572
05/01/2020 460/470 615/624 550/572
04/01/2020 460/470 615/624 550/572
31/12/2020 460/470 600/626 550/573
30/12/2020 460/470 600/626 550/573
29/12/2020 455/475 600/626 550/573
28/12/2020 455/475 605/628 555/573
25/12/2020 455/475 600/628 550/575
24/12/2020 455/474 600/628 555/575
23/12/2020 460/475 621/632 568/580
22/12/2020 470/475 620/631 568/577
21/12/2020 470/475 620/631 568/577

Central Bank of Nigeria’s Official Naira Rates

Date Currency Buying(NGN) Central(NGN) Selling(NGN)
1/15/2021 US DOLLAR 379 379.5 380
1/15/2021 POUNDS STERLING 516.9181 517.6001 518.282
1/15/2021 EURO 459.4996 460.1058 460.712
1/15/2021 SWISS FRANC 426.8499 427.413 427.9761
1/15/2021 YEN 3.6548 3.6596 3.6644
1/15/2021 CFA 0.6839 0.6939 0.7039
1/15/2021 WAUA 545.8708 546.5909 547.3111
1/15/2021 YUAN/RENMINBI 58.531 58.6087 58.6864
1/15/2021 RIYAL 101.0236 101.1568 101.2901
1/15/2021 SOUTH AFRICAN RAND 24.8724 24.9052 24.938

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Naira Drops to N394.67 Against US Dollar on I&E FX Window

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Naira Drops to N394.67 Against US Dollar on I&E FX Window

Economic uncertainties amid the rising number of COVID-19 continues to weigh on the Nigerian Naira across key foreign exchange markets.

The Nigerian Naira depreciated against the United States Dollar on the Investors and Exporters (I&E) Foreign Exchange Window on Thursday.

The local currency depreciated by 0.34 percent to N394.67 per US Dollar, down from N392.69 it opened the day.

On Thursday, investors exchanged $215.63 million on the I&E window.

Despite efforts to ease forex scarcity with $20 billion diaspora remittance, the Naira continued to fall against global counterparts due to weak remittance inflows from developed nations.

Like other nationalities, Nigerians in the diaspora are struggling with lockdowns, surged in the unemployment rate and the drop in global earnings.

Also, weak foreign reserves amid rising debt servicing and other expenditures are hurting the central bank’s ability to intervene effectively across the foreign exchange markets as usual.

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Stanbic IBTC Shut Down Bureau De Change Business

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Stanbic IBTC Shut Down Bureau De Change Business

Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc has shut down its bureau de change subsidiary, Stanbic IBTC Bureau De Change Limited (Stanbic IBTC BDC) due to the change in foreign exchange inflow policy.

It should be recalled that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) adjusted the policy of diaspora remittance inflow to stimulate growth and ease forex scarcity across the nation.

Therefore, Stanbic IBTC said the decision to discontinue its bureau de change operations was because of the recent changes in diaspora inflow that now affords customers the opportunity of purchasing foreign exchange (PTA and BTA) directly from Stanbic IBTC Bank at any of its branches nationwide.

In a statement signed by Chidi Okezie, Company Secretary, Stanbic IBTC, said the bureau de change business was discontinued effective from 01 January 2021 through relinquishing of its operating license.

The intention is to repurpose this subsidiary for other business ventures in the near future, and stakeholders would be duly notified when all engagements have been concluded in this regard,” it stated.

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