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A risk-off tone gripped markets on Wednesday, with gold and the Japanese yen advancing and Treasuries edging higher as tension grew between the U.S. and North Korea. European stocks slumped following declines across most of Asia, while oil retreated.

The yellow metal headed for it’s largest gain this month while the yen and Swiss franc were the biggest gainers among G-10 currencies after President Donald Trump ratcheted up his rhetoric against North Korea to an unprecedented level. Almost every sector of the Stoxx Europe 600 Index fell while emerging markets equities were poised for the biggest drop in more than a month. Oil edged lower on supply concerns and South Africa’s rand extended losses after the president survived a no-confidence vote.

Volatility gauges from the U.S. to Japan rose after Trump said in response to a Washington Post report on North Korea’s nuclear capabilities that further threats from the country would be met with “fire and fury.” North Korea said it’s examining an operational plan for firing a ballistic missile toward Guam.

“The market is realizing that economies are doing well enough for both the Fed and the ECB to remove stimulus,” Ken Peng, a Hong Kong-based investment strategist at Citi Private Bank, said. “This is going to make a lot of people a bit more nervous about liquidity. In that environment, these geopolitical headlines will have more impact, more punch. The talk is more intense than it used to be.”

Meanwhile, China’s producer price gains held steady in July on surging commodity prices. The numbers came ahead of Friday’s U.S. inflation numbers which will provide another clue on the interest-rate outlook for the world’s biggest economy.

Asia

  • Japan’s Topix index fell 1.1 percent, the most since May 18. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index bucked the region-wide downward trend to add 0.4 percent. The Hang Seng Index in Hong Kong lost 0.2 percent and China’s Shanghai Composite Index was also down 0.2 percent.
  • The yen rose 0.3 percent to 110.01 per dollar, an eight-week high.

Stocks

  • The Stoxx Europe 600 Index declined 0.5 percent as of 8:17 a.m. in London, the largest drop in more than a week on a closing basis.
  • The MSCI All-Country World Index declined 0.2 percent to the lowest in more than a week.
  • The U.K.’s FTSE 100 Index declined 0.6 percent, the first retreat in a week.
  • Germany’s DAX Index sank 0.7 percent, the biggest dip in almost two weeks.
  • Futures on the S&P 500 Index sank 0.2 percent to the lowest in more than three weeks.

Currencies

  • The euro decreased less than 0.05 percent to $1.1751.
  • The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index declined less than 0.05 percent.
  • The British pound climbed 0.1 percent to $1.3011, the first advance in a week.
  • South Africa’s rand dipped 0.5 percent to 13.4443 per dollar.

Bonds

  • The yield on 10-year Treasuries declined one basis point to 2.25 percent.
  • Germany’s 10-year yield decreased one basis point to 0.46 percent.
  • Britain’s 10-year yield dipped two basis points to 1.133 percent, the lowest in six weeks.

Commodities

  • Gold gained 0.6 percent to $1,268.44 an ounce.
  • West Texas Intermediate crude declined 0.1 percent to $49.11 a barrel.

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 Today, Wednesday, July 28, 2021

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Naira plunged further against its global counterparts as the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) announced on Tuesday it has stopped sales of forex to Bureau De Change Operators (BDCs).

The naira plunged against the United States Dollar from N505 it traded on Tuesday to N522 on Wednesday at the black market. Against the British Pound and the Euro, the local currency exchanged at N710 and N600, respectively.

The Central Bank of Nigeria had accused Bureau de Change operators of engaging in money laundering and illicit flows with criminal-minded individuals that operate mainly at the unregulated black market section of forex.

Operators at the bureau de change section of forex had been accused of being the main source of forex for speculators and hoarders that manipulate forex rates at the unregulated black market, this the CBN plans to curb by cutting its weekly forex supply to BDCs but focus on servicing the economy through the banks.

The Naira also declined from N500 to N520 against the United States Dollar at the Bureau De Change section. The decline continues against the British Pound and the Euro as it dropped from N700 and N595 to N705 and N600, respectively. See the tables below for more exchange rates.

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
28/07/2021 515/522** 700/710** 590/600** 63/70 410/415 300/320
27/07/2021 500/505 695/703 585/592 62/69 407/415 300/320
26/07/2021 500/504 695/703 585/592 62/69 407/415 300/320
23/07/2021 500/504 698/705 588/595 62/69 407/415 300/320
22/07/2021 498/503 695/703 585/590 62/69 407/415 300/320
19/07/2021 495/503 698/705 585/592 62/69 407/415 300/320
16/07/2021 502/506 700/708 590/596 62/69 407/415 300/315
15/07/2021 500/505 700/708 590/596 62/69 407/415 300/320
14/07/2021 500/505 702/708 590/595 62/68 407/415 300/320
13/07/2021 500/505 702/708 590/595 62/68 407/415 300/320
12/07/2021 500/505 700/708 590/595 62/69 407/415 300/320
09/07/2021 500/505 700/708 588/593 62/69 407/417 300/320
08/07/2021 499/503 700/708 588/593 62/69 407/417 300/325
07/07/2021 499/503 700/710 588/593 62/69 407/417 300/325
06/07/2021 499/503 698/710 590/595 62/69 407/417 300/325

Bureau De Change Naira Rates

Date USD GBP EURO
NGN BUY/SELL BUY/SELL BUY/SELL
28/07/2021 510/520 695/705 580/600
27/07/2021 490/500 690/700 580/595
26/07/2021 490/500 694/705 580/595
23/07/2021 490/500 694/705 580/595
22/07/2021 490/500 690/705 580/595
19/07/2021 490/500 690/707 580/595
16/07/2021 490/500 700/710 585/600
15/07/2021 490/500 698/710 585/600
14/07/2021 490/500 698/710 590/595
13/07/2021 490/500 697/710 585/600
12/07/2021 490/500 698/710 585/600
09/07/2021 490/500 698/710 585/600
08/07/2021 490/500 697/710 585/600
07/07/2021 490/500 697/710 585/600
06/07/2021 490/500 697/710 585/600
05/07/2021 490/500 700/714 585/600

Central Bank of Nigeria’s Official Naira Rates

Date Currency Buying(NGN) Central(NGN) Selling(NGN)
7/27/2021 US DOLLAR 409.16 409.66 410.16
7/27/2021 EURO 483.5044 484.0952 484.6861
7/27/2021 SWISS FRANC 447.2183 447.7648 448.3113
7/27/2021 YEN 3.7196 3.7242 3.7287
7/27/2021 CFA 0.7161 0.7261 0.7361
7/27/2021 WAUA 580.9508 581.6608 582.3707
7/27/2021 YUAN/RENMINBI 62.8549 62.9322 63.0094
7/27/2021 RIYAL 109.0919 109.2252 109.3585
7/27/2021 SOUTH AFRICAN RAND 27.5662 27.5999 27.6336
7/27/2021 DANISH KRONA 64.9914 65.0708 65.1503

N.B: These tables are updated three times a day.

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CBN Halts Forex Sales to Bureau De Change Operators

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Tuesday announced it has halted the sales of forex to Bureau De Change Operators (BDCs) across the country.

Godwin Emefiele, Governor, CBN, disclosed this after the monetary policy committee’s meeting held in Abuja on Tuesday.

According to the CBN governor, bureau de Change Operators have become a conduit for illegal financial flows, saying they work with corrupt individuals to perpetrate crime, illicit flows and money laundering in the country.

The BDCs, in the past, have been linked to various financial crimes and at a point blamed partly for the chronic dollar scarcity being experienced across the country.

A large number of Bureau de Change Operators prefer to sell their weekly forex allocations from the CBN directly to speculators and hoarders at the parallel market, popularly known as the black market, for higher gains, hence they are responsible for several of the unregulated forex activities going on across the nation.

However, the CBN decision will impact Naira outlook and further plunge the embattled currency against global counterparts.

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Naira Exchange Rates Today, Tuesday, July 27, 2021

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Naira exchange rates remained largely unchanged across key forex segments on Tuesday morning as the local currency traded at N505 to a United States Dollar at the Bureau De Change section. While against the British Pound and the Euro common currency, it exchanged at N703 and N592, respectively.

At the Bureau de change section, the Naira traded at N500 to the United States Dollar but exchanged at N705 and N595 to a British Pound and Euro, respectively.

The Central Bank of Nigeria’s exchange rates remained inaccessible to most Nigerians despite the relatively better rates. Low dollar liquidity continued to weigh on the central bank’s ability to effectively support naira value and stimulate growth across key sectors of the economy. See the tables below for other exchange rates.

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
27/07/2021 500/505 695/703 585/592 62/69 407/415 300/320
26/07/2021 500/504 695/703 585/592 62/69 407/415 300/320
23/07/2021 500/504 698/705 588/595 62/69 407/415 300/320
22/07/2021 498/503 695/703 585/590 62/69 407/415 300/320
19/07/2021 495/503 698/705 585/592 62/69 407/415 300/320
16/07/2021 502/506 700/708 590/596 62/69 407/415 300/315
15/07/2021 500/505 700/708 590/596 62/69 407/415 300/320
14/07/2021 500/505 702/708 590/595 62/68 407/415 300/320
13/07/2021 500/505 702/708 590/595 62/68 407/415 300/320
12/07/2021 500/505 700/708 590/595 62/69 407/415 300/320
09/07/2021 500/505 700/708 588/593 62/69 407/417 300/320
08/07/2021 499/503 700/708 588/593 62/69 407/417 300/325
07/07/2021 499/503 700/710 588/593 62/69 407/417 300/325
06/07/2021 499/503 698/710 590/595 62/69 407/417 300/325

Bureau De Change Naira Rates

Date USD GBP EURO
NGN BUY/SELL BUY/SELL BUY/SELL
27/07/2021 490/500 690/700 580/595
26/07/2021 490/500 694/705 580/595
23/07/2021 490/500 694/705 580/595
22/07/2021 490/500 690/705 580/595
19/07/2021 490/500 690/707 580/595
16/07/2021 490/500 700/710 585/600
15/07/2021 490/500 698/710 585/600
14/07/2021 490/500 698/710 590/595
13/07/2021 490/500 697/710 585/600
12/07/2021 490/500 698/710 585/600
09/07/2021 490/500 698/710 585/600
08/07/2021 490/500 697/710 585/600
07/07/2021 490/500 697/710 585/600
06/07/2021 490/500 697/710 585/600
05/07/2021 490/500 700/714 585/600

Central Bank of Nigeria’s Official Naira Rates

N.B: These tables are updated three times a day.

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