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Naira Appreciates To N1,240 Against Dollar In Parallel, Official Market

Naira appreciates to N1,240 against the dollar in both parallel and official markets, marking a positive trend in currency valuation.

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Naira Appreciates To N1,240 Against Dollar In Parallel, Official Market

Naira appreciates to N1,240 against the dollar in both parallel and official markets, marking a positive trend in currency valuation.

The rise reflects a strengthening sentiment towards the local currency amidst active trading activities.

On Wednesday, the Nigerian naira exhibited resilience, appreciating to N1,240 per dollar within the parallel foreign exchange (FX) market, marking a notable 0.80 percent rise from the N1,250/$ rate reported on April 1.

VerseNews reports that currency traders, commonly referred to as street traders, operating in Lagos, quoted the buying rate of the local currency at N1,220 and the selling rate at N1,240, reflecting the prevailing sentiments in the market.

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Simultaneously, at the official window overseen by FMDQ Exchange, the naira displayed further strength, appreciating by 1.25 percent against the dollar.

This Online News Platform gathered that the official rate rose from N1,278.58 on April 2 to a closing rate of N1,262.85 on Wednesday, indicative of market dynamics observed by the Nigerian Autonomous Foreign Exchange Market (NAFEM).

During trading hours within the official window, the dollar reached its peak selling rate at N1,296, while its lowest recorded rate stood at N1,210. These fluctuations underscore the intricacies of Nigeria’s foreign exchange landscape.

The daily foreign exchange market turnover stood at a substantial $166.18 million, reflecting the active participation of market players in currency trading activities.

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Despite the positive developments, there exists a notable disparity between the official and parallel market rates, with the official rate surpassing the latter by N22.85. This discrepancy raises considerations regarding market efficiency and regulatory interventions.

Additionally, Goldman Sachs’ optimistic outlook on the naira’s future trajectory adds a layer of insight. The renowned financial institution predicted the naira’s appreciation to N1,200 against the dollar within the next twelve months, citing underlying factors signaling a potential upswing in Nigeria’s currency valuation.

Goldman Sachs attributed this positive outlook to Nigeria’s perceived recovery from recent currency crises, indicating a favorable sentiment towards the country’s economic prospects.

In summary, the naira’s recent performance highlights both the resilience and volatility inherent within Nigeria’s foreign exchange market, prompting continued scrutiny and analysis from investors and analysts alike.

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