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Uganda Shilling Strengthens Marginally Ahead Of Festive Season

The Uganda shilling strengthened marginally, primarily supported by Central Bank mopping up of excess liquidity in the money markets amidst low demand for the greenback during the week ending 8th December 2017.
Trading was in range of 3610/3620.
In the coming week, Bank of Uganda will hold the final Monetary Policy Meeting for 2017.

It is likely that the Central Bank will continue with its easing cycle basing on the inflation outlook that remains well anchored as well as concerns over the modest recovery of private sector credit.
A 50 basis points cut is likely.
In the fixed income space, BOU auctioned 140 billion in treasury bills, yields declined to 8.248%, 8.476% and 9.108% for 92,182 and 364 day respectively. Market view suggest that the rates at short end of the curve are about to bottom out.

Regional Markets
The Kenya Shilling was stable, but expected to weaken on account of increased importer dollar demand. Trading range was 102.70/95
Global Markets
The US dollar rose to a two week high against the major currencies on strong risk appetite and optimism the US will push through the tax reforms. Markets were also waiting for the US job report for November that would also provide clue on the direction of the dollar.
In commodities markets, oil price was up after data showed a decrease in US crude inventories. International benchmark price barrel traded at $61.49.

Shilling Outlook
According to Stephen Kaboyo, an analyst and Managing Director at Alpha Capital Partners, “The [Uganda] Shilling is likely to trade strong and could test the support level of 3600. Seasonal inflows will play a significant factor in keeping the shilling rally alive coupled with a slow down of market demand as the holidays get closer. BOU open market operations will also be key in supporting the shilling.”

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