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Naira Appreciates To N791/$1 In Official Market

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The Nigerian naira appreciated against the United States American dollar, closing at N791.75/$1 at the official market.


According to data from the FMDQ Securities Exchange, the naira rose by 5.87 per cent or N49.39 compared to the previous day’s rate of N841.14/$ at the Nigerian Autonomous Foreign Exchange Market.


The naira’s gain was, however, expected due to the recent move of the Central Bank of Nigeria to clear some of its FX backlog.


Investors’ highest bid for the dollar was N1120/$1, while the intraday low was N701/$1, representing a wide spread of N419/$1.  Forex turnover at the close of the trading was $157.78m.

Meanwhile, the CBN last week said it had begun clearance of the backlog of foreign exchange forward contracts. The move, experts say is expected to bring relief to the naira, the business community, and the economy at large.

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