Naira weakens to 1,523/$ at official market

Written by on July 9, 2024

The naira depreciated at both the official and parallel markets on Monday.

At the official, Nigerian Autonomous Foreign Exchange Market, the naira dropped to 1,523.85 per dollar, depreciation from the previous close of 1,509.67 to the American greenback.

NAFEM is the market trading segment for Investors, Exporters, and End-users that allows for forex trades to be made at exchange rates determined by prevailing market conditions.

The naira traded at an intra-day high of 1,540.75 and a low of 1,474.05 to a dollar. Turnover stood at $133.46m higher than $116.88m on Friday, indicating improved liquidity in the market.

Last week, the foreign exchange market experienced relief for the naira due to reduced speculative activities, causing the naira to strengthen against the United States American dollar across market segments.

Besides the naira, Egypt’s pound and Ghana’s cedi were the world’s other worst performers in the first six months of the year.

Meanwhile, International financial analytics corporation, S&P Global, has described the Dangote Oil Refinery and Petrochemicals company as capable of resolving Nigeria’s forex issue and its pressure on the local currency, while boosting economic development.

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