Nigeria’s External Reserves to Nose-dive in Sept. It has been predicted that Nigeria’s external reserves will nose-dive below $45 billion at the end of September, the lowest in six months.
And according to Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Naira Data from the showed that the reserves fell last week by $292 million to $45.874 billion on Thursday from $46.166 billion Thursday of the previous week.
The report also had it that external reserves had consistently declined by $1.92 billion since July 5, 2018, when it began peaked at $47.798 billion, indicating an average weekly decline of $240 million.
While “reserves fell by $1.245 billion in August. The persistent decline is driven by the outflow of dollars by foreign portfolio investors exiting the nation’s debt market and increased dollar supply by the CBN in a bid to stabilize the naira exchange rate in the face of increased demand for dollars.
“With the apex bank expected to continue to maintain weekly dollar injection to defend the naira, reserves will maintain weekly decline in September. Hence the reserves are projected to drop by $962 million to $44.91 billion at the end of the month.
“Naira depreciates as I&E turnover rises by 68% Meanwhile, the naira depreciated in the parallel market and in the Investors and Exporters (I&E) window last week even as the volume of dollars traded in the window rose by 68 percent.
“The naira depreciated by 70 kobo in the parallel market and by 29 kobo in the I&E window. According to naijabdcs.com, the live exchange rate platform of the Association of Bureaux De Change Operators (ABCON), the parallel market exchange rate rose to N359 per dollar last week from N358.3 per dollar the previous week translating to 70 kobo depreciation for the naira.
“Data by the FMDQ showed that the indicative exchange rate for the I&E window rose to N362.64 per dollar last week from N362.35 per dollar the previous week indicating 29 kobo depreciation for the naira However, the volume of dollars traded in the window rose by 48 percent last week to $1.42 billion from $840.56 million the previous week.
“Last week the CBN maintained its weekly injection of $210 million in the interbank foreign exchange market, allocating $100 million to the wholesale segment, $55 million to the SME segment and $55 million to invisible transactions. Economic expansion persist in August-PMI,” according to the report.
Meanwhile, the Manufacturing and Non Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index (PMI), released a statement on the survey of the CBN for August indicated further expansion in business activities during the month.
The statement reads: “The Manufacturing PMI in the month of August stood at 57.1 index points, indicating expansion in the manufacturing sector for the seventeenth consecutive month. The index, however, grew at a faster rate when compared to the index in the previous month.
“Of the 14 subsectors surveyed, 13 reported growth in the review month in the following order: electrical equipment; non-metallic mineral products; cement; furniture & related products; plastics & rubber products; textile, apparel, leather & footwear; petroleum & coal products; chemical & pharmaceutical products; paper products; fabricated metal products; printing & related support activities; food, beverage & tobacco products and primary metal. The transportation equipment subsector declined in the review month.
“The composite PMI for the non- manufacturing sector stood at 58.0 points in August 2018, indicating expansion in the Non- manufacturing PMI for the sixteenth consecutive month. The index grew at a faster rate when compared to that in July 2018.
“Fourteen of the 17 subsectors recorded growth in the following order: agriculture; repair, maintenance/washing of motor vehicles; information & communication; water supply, sewage & waste management; educational services; wholesale/retail trade; finance & insurance”.