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Nigerian naira firms on Shell, NLNG dollar sales

by Business News Report

The naira firmed against the U.S dollar on the inter-bank market Monday, supported by dollar sales by two energy companies, which boosted dollar supplies. The local currency strengthened to N157.30 to the dollar on the inter-bank market, firmer than the N157.40 it closed on Friday.
“The market liquidity was boosted by dollar sales by Shell and Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) company, which provided support for the naira,” one dealer said. Traders said the naira should remain stable around the present level as dollar inflows from month-end sales by energy companies and offshore investors buying treasury bills at an auction this week could balance out demand in the market.
On the bi-weekly auction, the central bank sold $150 million at 155.76, same amount and rate at the last auction. Nigeria’s currency had weakened to around a three week low last week, pressured by demand for dollars from petrol importers, but the local currency rallied on dollar inflows from oil companies and from

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