MARKET UPDATE FOR 20th September 2019
The shilling was stable against the dollar on Thursday with dollar inflows into the market helping soak up pressure from increased dollar demand. Expected trading range is 103.60 –104.60.
|INDICATIVE FOREX RATES|
|CROSS RATES||AGAINST KES|
CBK analysis yesterday showed a skewed market. The regulator thus stayed out of the market in order to remain within the set monetary policy path.
|LOCAL MONEY MARKET|
|TREASURY BILLS AND BONDS (MIO KES)|
|Current Rate||6.368%||7.150%||9.705%||Previous Rate||6.315%||7.143%||9.582%|
The dollar nursed losses against most major currencies early Friday, as central banks in Switzerland and the UK refrained from following the Federal Reserve in cutting rates, while risk appetite ebbed on caution about U.S-China trade talks. The U.S. dollar index was little changed at 97.835. This week, the Fed cut interest rates for a second time this year as expected.
Sterling hit a two-month high of $1.2560 against the greenback overnight after European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said he thought Brussels could reach a deal with Britain to leave the European Union.
The Euro jumped 0.2% to 1.1053. EUR/USD’s struggle for a clear directional bias continues despite the pullback in the US treasury yields and ahead of the Eurozone Consumer Confidence data. Eurozone’s preliminary Consumer Confidence index for September is expected to come in at -7, having printed at -7.1 in August.
|LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL BENCHMARK RATES|
|GBP BOE RATE||0.75%|
|EUR ECB RATE||-0.50%|
|USD FED RATE||2.00%|
|$ LIBOR 6 & 12 Month||2.08150/2.06450|
|£ LIBOR 6 & 12 Month||0.83425/0.93738|
|€ LIBOR 6 & 12 Month||-0.40129/-0.34000|
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