The Uganda Shilling traded stable, supported by portfolio and commodity flows as demand remained muted in a short trading week ahead of a long Easter weekend according to a report by Alpha Capital Markets.
Trading was in the range of 3730/3740. In the money market, the average inter-bank lending rates held at 7% and 10% for overnight and one-week funds.
In the fixed income space, a 15-year bond with a coupon rate of 14.375% and 3-year bond with a coupon of 11% were reopened. The amount on offer was sh80billion and sh120billion for the two tenors. Yields came out at 13.875% and 15.850% respectively.
Furthermore, in the regional markets, the Kenya Shilling weakened undermined by the dollar demand mainly from importers and the excess liquidity in the money market. Trading was in the range of 101.00/20.
The Tanzania Shilling remained stable propped up by inflows from tourism and mining sectors. The unit held in the range of 2310/2320.
"Forecast for the Shilling indicates a range bound unit with a bias towards a mild depreciation as players anticipate pockets of demand to emerge as markets open after a long holiday weekend," Stephen Kaboyo a financial and market analyst said.
However, by the opening session on Tuesday, April 23, forex bureaus in Kampala quoted the Shilling to be trading at 3,732.79/ 3,742.79 buying and selling respectively.
This shows that the local unit slightly weakened by an average of sh5 against the dollar compared to 3,727/3,737 that was recorded at the close of business on Holy Thursday.
The report also indicates that in the global markets, the Dollar index against a basket of six major currencies remained flat with the greenback inching down 0.1% amid a bounce in US Treasury yields, while the commodity-linked currencies sagged after the rally in oil prices ran out of steam.
A barrel of oil traded at $63.50.