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Forex Weekly Outlook April 10-14

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  • Forex Weekly Outlook April 10-14

The US economy added fewer jobs in March than projected, adding just 98,000 people to the payroll but the unemployment rate improved to 10 years low of 4.5 percent from 4.7 percent recorded in February. While, the figure is disappointing and a lot of analysts have predicted possible change in the Federal Open Market Committee stand, there are other fundamental factors that says otherwise. For instance, wage growth was steady at 2.7 percent year-on-year, while the unemployment claims declined to a 5-week low of 234,000. Perhaps this explained why the U.S dollar gained against all its counterparts on Friday after the report was made public. Again, global uncertainty after the Syria attack continued to aid haven assets and has also boosted the Japanese yen against its counterparts.

On oil, crude oil prices rallied on Friday after the US launched a missile strike against Syria, sparking fears that an escalation of the conflict in the crude-rich Middle East could disrupt supplies and further aid OPEC strategy. However, Fitch Ratings in its latest report forecast crude oil prices would average $52.50 per barrel in 2017. This is $7.4 per barrel higher than $45.1 per barrel recorded in 2016.

Also, crude oil experts and analysts expect the surge in the US oil production to continue disrupting OPEC strategy until both the OPEC and non-OPEC member states reached another consensus on production cut later in the year.

In Canada, the labour market added 19,600 jobs in March but the rise in the number of people looking for a job increased the unemployment rate from 6.6 percent to 6.7 percent in March. Canada has so far created a total of 82,600 jobs in the first three months of the year. This was after weak manufacturing sector plunged job creation in 2016 and impact exports amid global oil glut.

However, the manufacturing sector has expanded from 2016 low to 55.5 in March after recording a 54.7 in February. Also, the manufacturing employment rose by 24,400 in March, making it the highest one-month increase since August 2002. Therefore, businesses and investors are projecting continuous gain in the labour market—especially with the newly signed Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement expected to add at least $25 billion a year to the economy.

In the UK, the services sector rose to 55 in March, pushing businesses to raise their prices at the quickest pace in over 8 years. Experts believed it’s going to be a tough year for consumers following the report that both the manufacturing and construction sectors shrank in February. This further added to signs that the economy is losing momentum.

Last week, the Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney urged banks to get contingency plans for all potential Brexit outcomes. Signaling increase uncertainty and possible recession, especially with both consumer spending and housing price slowdown with demands.

Generally, the US economy remains strong with its uncertainty, while Canada’s economy is gradually improving with growing global economic outlook. Both the UK and the Euro-area remains uncertain ahead of Brexit.

This week I will be reviewing past analysis in relation to current happenings.

GBPJPY

Forex Weekly Outlook April 10-14In a sequel to my analysis three weeks ago, this pair has dropped 222 pips but yet to hit our first target at 134.90 support levels. But with both the construction and manufacturing sectors shrinking and housing price growth plunging to a 4-month low. I remain bearish on this pair as long as price remains below 141.47, I will expect a sustained break to expose 129.85 targets.

AUDJPY

Forex Weekly Outlook April 10-14Last week, this pair topped our list and has since plunged by 163 pips to close at around 83.34, which was below the ascending line called temporary reversal. Therefore, this week I expect the current surge in the yen attractiveness and Aussie weak economic outlook ahead of surging household debt and bubble housing sector to further aid bearish move of this pair towards our last week target of 80.82.

CADJPY

Forex Weekly Outlook April 10-14Since I mentioned this pair sell potential three weeks ago, it has failed to sustain its bearish move. Even after giving us about 133 pips and hitting our first target. However, due to the positive Canada’s economic outlook and growing manufacturing sector that has continued to support job creation. I will step aside this week to better assess the pair in relation to series of economic data due this week.

NZDUSD

NZDUSDWeeklyThis pair has plunged 71 pips since last week but far from our target of 0.6716. Therefore, as long as price remains below 0.7071 I am bearish on this pair and will be looking to add to my sell position below 0.6893 support levels for 0.6716 targets.

 

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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Naira Exchange Rates; Monday, May 17, 2021

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The Nigerian Naira opened the week at N484 to a United States Dollar on Monday at the parallel market. The local currency remained stable against the  British Pound at N678 and N581 to a single Euro.

Naira Black Market Exchange Rates

Morning * Midday** Evening *** Final Rates

Date USD GBP EURO YUAN Canadian Australian
NGN BUY/SELL BUY/SELL BUY/SELL BUY/SELL BUY/SELL BUY/SELL
17/05/2021 480/484 670/678 577/581 62/68 390/402 292/320
14/05/2021 480/484 670/680 576/581 62/69 390/400 292/320
13/05/2021 479/483 665/673 576/581 62/69 391/402 292/320
12/05/2021 479/483 665/673 576/581 62/69 395/400 292/320

Bureau De Change Naira Rates

Date USD GBP EURO
NGN BUY/SELL BUY/SELL BUY/SELL
17/05/21 475/482 670/677 575/584
15/05/21 475/482 670/677 575/584
14/05/21 475/482 670/677 575/584
13/05/21 475/482 665/674 573/584
12/05/21 475/482 665/674 573/584

Central Bank of Nigeria’s Official Naira Rates

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Nigeria’s Diaspora Remittances Decline by 28 Percent to $16.8 Billion in 2020

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Nigeria’s diaspora remittances declined by 27.7 percent or $4.65 billion from $21.45 billion in 2019 to $16.8 billion in 2020, according to the World Bank Migration and Development report.

A critical look into the report shows remittances to sub-Saharan Africa declined by 12.5 percent in 2020 to $42 billion. This was largely due to the 27.7 percent recorded by Africa’s largest economy, Nigeria, which accounted for over 40 percent of the total remittance inflows into the region.

The report noted that once Nigeria’s remittance inflows into the region are excluded, remittances grew by 2.3 percent in 2020 with Zambia recording 37 per cent.

Followed by 16 percent from Mozambique, 9 percent from Kenya and 5 percent from Ghana.

The decline was a result of the global lockdown that dragged on the livelihood of most diaspora and unclear economic policies.

In an effort to change the tide, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) introduced a Naira 4 Dollar Scheme to reverse the downward trend and boost diaspora inflows into the economy.

However, the reports revealed that other external factors like insecurities, global slow down, weak macroeconomic fundamentals, etc continue to discourage capital inflows.

On Tuesday, the CBN, in a new directive, announced it has halved dollar cash deposit from $10,000 to $5000 per month.

The move is geared towards discouraging overreliance on the United States Dollar and encourage local patronage and production.

Mr. Guy Czartoryski, Head of Research at Coronation Asset Management, had said in the report, “We looked at the top 10 banks and the breakdown of their deposits showed that 40 per cent of their deposits are in dollars and it is quite astonishing.”

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Deposit Money Banks Reduce Dollar-Cash Deposits by 50 Percent to $5000/Month

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Nigeria’s Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) have reduced the amount of United States Dollars that customers can deposit into their domiciliary accounts by 50 percent from $10,000 to $5,000 per month.

A bank official who preferred not to be mentioned confirmed the new policy to Investors King.

He, however, stated that the new policy does not apply to customers making electronic transfers as well as oil and gas companies and dollar payments into government accounts.

Checks revealed that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) introduced the new policy to discourage the strong appetite for the United States Dollar, which has continued to rise.

A recent report has shown that despite persistent dollar scarcity, around 40 percent of bank deposits in the nation’s top ten banks were in dollars.

Mr. Guy Czartoryski, Head of Research at Coronation Asset Management, had said in the report, “We looked at the top 10 banks and the breakdown of their deposits showed that 40 per cent of their deposits are in dollars and it is quite astonishing.”

According to an analyst at ARM Securities Limited, Mr. Olamofe Olayemi, “this has to do with how much confidence the people have in the naira. Over time, we have seen significant depreciation in the naira.

“If you look at what happened in 2020, no one expected that the naira would be devalued twice in that year and even the outlook, this year is suggesting further depreciation in the naira.

“So, it makes sense to a lot of people to store their money in dollars. But, from the CBN standpoint, you agree with me that there is dollar scarcity.”

He, therefore, argued that the new policy might discourage financial inclusion and encourage cash outside the banking system.

Again, it is important for the flow of money to be captured in the system,” he said.

The CBN had extended its Naira 4 Dollar Scheme last week to further encourage dollar inflow into the Nigerian economy.

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