Naira falls to lowest year-to-date as forex supply declines

Naira fell to its lowest level since 4th January 2022, depreciating by 0.32 per cent on Thursday to close at N418.33/$ compared to N417/$ recorded in the previous trading session.

In the same vein, the total amount of forex sales declined by 2.81 per cent to $151.07 million.

The exchange rate at the peer-to-peer market appreciated by 0.269 per cent on Thursday morning to trade at a minimum of N589.5/$, in contrast to the N591.09/$ recorded as of the same time of the previous day.

Meanwhile, the exchange rate at the parallel market closed at N580/$, on Thursday, appreciating by 1.53 percent compared to N589/$ traded in the previous day.

This is according to information obtained from BDCs operating in Nigeria.

The opening indicative rate closed at N418.25/$ on Wednesday, 20th April 2022, which is 80 kobo higher than the N417.45/$ recorded in the previous trading session.

An exchange rate of N444/$1 was the highest rate recorded during intra-day trading before it settled at N418.33/$, while it sold for as low as N410/$ during intra-day trading,

A total of $151.1 million was traded in foreign exchange at the official Investors and Exporters window on Wednesday.

According to the data from the FMDQ, forex turnover decreased marginally by 2.81 per cent from $155.44 million recorded pm Tuesday to $151.07 million on Wednesday, 20th April 2022.

The Central Bank has continued to intervene in the official forex market from the external reserve in order to maintain the stability of the local currency.