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Nigeria: Naira Gains At Parallel Market

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The currency lost at the I&E window.

Nigeria’s naira fell against the U.S. dollar at the Investors & Exporters (I&E) window of the foreign exchange market on Tuesday, data from the FMDQ Security Exchange where forex is officially traded showed.

However, the currency strengthened significantly on the parallel market .

Naira closed at N411.63 at the trading session of the I&E window on Tuesday. This represents a N2.33 or 0.57 per cent depreciation from N409.30, the rate at which it closed at the previous session on Monday.

This occurred as the local currency witnessed an intraday high of N388.25 and a low of N415.00, before closing at N411.63 on Monday.

The depreciation of the domestic currency happened as turnover increased by 142.7 per cent, with $59.17 million recorded as against the $24.38 million posted on Monday.

However, on the unofficial market, data posted on abokiFX.com, a website that collates parallel market rates in Lagos showed the domestic currency strengthened against the greenback currency on Tuesday.

According to the data posted, the currency closed at N480.00, this represents N2.00 or 0.42 per cent appreciation from N482.00, the rate it exchanged in the previous session on Monday.

By this, the spread between the unofficial market and the I&E window exchange rate is pegged at N68.37, which translates to a gap of 14.20 per cent.

The CBN’s official rate on Tuesday was still N379 per dollar.

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