Saturday, March 2

Naira strengthens at black market as exchange rate rises to N560/$1

Naira has recorded significant gain at the parallel market on Thursday as it rose to N560/$1 in the early hours of Thursday, 30th December 2021. This is according to information obtained by Nairametrics from Bureau De Change operators in Lagos State.

The exchange rate appreciated by 1.58% on Thursday to trade at N560/$1 at the parallel market compared to N569/$1 recorded the previous day. The rate at N560/$1 represented the lowest recorded since November 29th, 2021.

On the other hand, exchange rate at the P2P market depreciated from N568.2/$1 recorded on Wednesday, 29th December 2021 to trade at N570.2 in the early hours of Thursday, 30th December 2021. Naira has witnessed consistent decline in the past week, dropping from N560.95/$1 recorded before the Christmas break to trade for as high as N571.4/$1 at the P2P market.

I&E window (Official market)

The exchange rate closed at N415/$1 on Wednesday, 29th December 2021, representing a 0.02% appreciation when compared to N415.1/$1 recorded in the previous trading session

  • Forex turnover at the I&E window dropped from $168.62 million recorded on Friday 24th December 2021 to $119.48 million on Wednesday 29th December 2021.
  • An exchange rate of N446.5/$1 was the highest rate recorded during intra-day trading before it settled at N415/$1, while it sold for as low as N405/$1 during intra-day trading.
  • The opening indicative rate closed at N414.05/$1 on Wednesday, which represents a 49 kobo depreciation compared to N413.54/$1 recorded in the previous trading session.

What they are saying

According to BDC operators interviewed by Nairametrics, the naira strengthening against the US dollar at the parallel market is attributed to the Christmas holiday period, as demand for FX dropped during the holiday period.

Alhaji Suleiman told Nairametrics that due to the holiday period as Nigerians are busy enjoying the festivities, demand for dollar has dropped which has dragged the exchange rate downwards.

Recall that the exchange rate had hovered around N570/$1 since September 2021, after the central bank clamped down on AbokiFX after accusing the online website of manipulating exchange rate, which is tantamount to “economic sabotage”, according to the apex bank.

The rate, however, dropped to as low as N535/$1 on the 11th of November before depreciating to N570/$1 towards the end of the month. Naira has now received significant boost against the US dollar at the black market following Christmas holiday festivities.