Nigeria's central bank weakens naira marginally on spot market


LAGOS, Nov 14 (Reuters) - Nigeria's central bank sold dollars at 306 naira for the second time on Tuesday after maintaining a level around 305 naira on the official spot market for two months, traders said.

The move was minor, to signal a change in foreign exchange policy, traders said. The bank last sold dollars at 306 naira on the spot market in September and had sold the currency as low as 306.65 in July.

Dollar shortages gripped Africa's biggest economy as crude sales, Nigeria's mainstay, plunged at the start of an oil price rout in 2014. That triggered a recession last year and frustrated businesses, which had to find dollars on the black market as a result.

Subsequently, the bank has been intervening with dollar sales almost daily on the spot and forward markets. It sold $500,000 on the spot market on Tuesday, traders said.

It has also been tightening naira liquidity on the money market to keep treasury yields high and attract foreign inflows.

The naira was quoted at around 360 for investors, near the parallel market rate and at a level at which it has traded for more than a month.

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