J$ rate could make more gains

The rate of exchange for the Jamaican dollar versus the US dollar could fall below the J$134 mark at the close of trading on Thursday for the first time since the early summer.
At mid-day on Thursday, the average rate for selling US dollar, declined to J$133.999 for one US dollar, down from $134.25 on Wednesday, $134.43 on Tuesday and $134.51 on Monday.
In Thursday trading, at mid-day, dealers bought $14 million in United States dollars and sold $12 million while they bought Can$ 15 million and sold just $4 million. That compares with Can$ 5 million being purchased on Wednesday and selling of Can$11 million.
The softening in the rate for the US dollar comes from the Bank of Jamaica’s weekly intervention into the market, by a scheduled sale of US$10 million on Wednesday.
BOJ next scheduled sale is US$10 million each on 10th and 17th of October with none planned on October 24.

BOJ buying pushed US$ rate

The official selling rate for the US dollar ended at J$130.47 on Wednesday, rising from $130.06 on Tuesday as sale to Bank of Jamaica under its foreign exchange auction, absorbed US$10 million at an average weighted rate of $131.17.
In Wednesday’s foreign currency trading, dealers bought just over US$27 million at an average rate of J$128.79 and sold over $35.4 million. Overall US$29.4 million of all currencies were bought by dealers and they sold US$38.2 million.
Dealers attempted to sell US$11.35 million to BOJ at rates as high as $134, for US$200,000 and as low as $126.80 for US$1 million. BOJ accepted all bids up to $132.93 and partially up to $133.
BOJ has been buying funds from the market from April when they started the buy side of the BFXITT auction.
On July 11, the central bank will sell US$5 million to the market and buy US$5 million on July 25. In April US$32 million was bought from the market, by BOJ, US$35 million was purchased in May and in June US$19 million. At the auction of Wednesday June 13, the central bank offered to purchase US$10 million buy only US$9 million was offered, the average rate ended at J$132.66 with the highest rate clearing at $133.50. On the June 13, the selling rate in the daily foreign exchange market jumped J$1.29 to JS$131.58 for US$1, a direct result of the BOJ buying, the rate moved even higher on the 14th even as inflows were more than sales on that day.
The central banks purchases helped to steer the Net International Reserves US$69 million higher in May to US$3.175 billion and also grew in April as well from US$3.075 billion at the end of March. At the end of February the NIR was US$3.18 billion.
July and August are two of the months with strong inflows of foreign exchange, but with summer being the prime time of Jamaicans to travel overseas demand tends to be high as well.

Jam$ falls vs US rise with others- Wednesday

The Jamaica dollar slipped moderately in value at the close of foreign currency trading on Wednesday against the US dollar but gained against the others.
Inflows of all currencies amounted to the equivalent US$30.57 million compared to US$37.57 million bought on Tuesday and sold US$42.74 million compared to US$42.54 million sold on Tuesday.
At the close of foreign currency trading, dealers sold US$41.45 million, 5 cents more than on Tuesday with the US dollar selling rate closing at J$125.42, compared to J$125.37 in the sale of US$40.38 million on Tuesday. Purchases of the US currency by dealers, amounted to US$28.57 million, with the average rate adding 4 cents to end $124.04, compared to US$35.51 million, with the average rate of $124 on Tuesday.
At mid-day on Wednesday dealers purchased US$13.07 million at an average rate of J$124.36 and sold $14.19 million at an average of J$125.26. At mid-day on the previous trading day, dealers purchased US$ US$13.07 million at an average rate of J$124.36 and sold $14.19 million at an average of J$125.26.
The Jamaican dollar closed trading, with the selling rate for the Canadian dollar, falling to J$97.43 from J$100.50 at the close on Tuesday. The selling rate for the British Pound declined to J$167 from J$171.54 previously and the euro declined versus the Jamaican dollar to J$151.76 to buy the European common currency, versus the prior selling rate of J$152.19.

Jamaican$ falls in value – Tuesday

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The Jamaica dollar slipped moderately in value at the close of foreign currency trading on Tuesday against all the main currencies it mostly trade against, except the pound.
Inflows of all currencies amounted to the equivalent US$37.57 million compared to US$63.21 million bought on Monday and sold US$42.54 million compared to US$63.48 million sold on Monday.
At the close of foreign currency trading, dealers sold US$40.38 million, 5 cents more than on Monday with the US dollar selling rate closing at J$125.37, compared to J$125.32 in the sale of US$46.64 million on Monday. Purchases of the US currency by dealers, amounted to US$35.51 million, with the average rate falling 33 cents to $124, compared to US$58.09 million, with the average rate of $124.33 on Monday.
At mid-day on Tuesday dealers purchased US$13.07 million at an average rate of J$124.36 and sold $14.19 million at an average of J$125.26. At mid-day on the previous trading day, dealers purchased US$25.27 million at an average rate of J$124.58 and sold $19.78 million at an average of J$125.24.
The Jamaican dollar closed trading, with the selling rate for the Canadian dollar, rising to J$100.50 from J$98.23 at the close on Monday. The selling rate for the British Pound declined to J$171.54 from J$172.28 previously and the euro rose versus the Jamaican dollar to J$152.19 to buy the European common currency, versus the prior selling rate of J$151.70.

Jamaican$ gains against all – Monday

The Jamaican dollar gained further ground at the close of foreign currency trading on Monday against all the four main currency it mostly trade against daily.
Inflows of all currencies amounted to the equivalent US$63.21 million compared to US$35.26 million bought on Friday and sold US$63.48 million compared to US$37.86 million sold on Friday.
At the close of foreign currency trading, dealers sold US$46.64 million, 21 cents less than on Friday with the US dollar selling rate closing at J$125.32, compared to J$125.53 in the sale of US$29.69 million on Friday. Purchases of the US currency by dealers, amounted to US$58.09 million, with the average rate rising 58 cents to $124.33, compared to US$29.47 million, with the average rate of $123.75 on Friday.
At mid-day on Monday dealers purchased US$25.27 million at an average rate of J$124.58 and sold $19.78 million at an average of J$125.24. At mid-day on the previous trading day, dealers purchased US$8.2 million at an average rate of J$124.37 and sold $7.46 million at an average of J$125.44.
The Jamaican dollar closed trading, with the selling rate for the Canadian dollar, declining to J$98.23 from J$100.96 at the close on Friday. The selling rate for the British Pound declined to J$172.28 from J$174.70 previously and the euro fell versus the Jamaican dollar to J$151.70 to buy the European common currency, versus the prior selling rate of J$152.09.

More recovery for Jamaican$ – Friday

The Jamaica dollar gained further ground at the close of foreign currency trading on Friday against the US and the Canadian dollars and the euro as volumes increased over the previous week.
Dealers bought US$201 million in all currencies, up from US$191 million bought in the previous week and sold US$217 million, compared to US$210 million in the prior week. Actual US dollar purchases by dealers amounted to US$178 million from US$166 million in the prior week and sold US$190 million including US$15 sold to Bank of Jamaica in the BFXITT auction, compared to US$184 million previously.
Inflows of all currencies amounted to the equivalent US$35.26 million compared to US$34.79 million bought on Thursday and sold US$37.86 million compared to US$31.28 million sold on Thursday.
At the close of foreign currency trading, dealers sold US$29.69 million, 4 cents less than on Thursday with the US dollar selling rate closing at J$125.53, compared to J$125.57 in the sale of US$27.16 million on Thursday. Purchases of the US currency by dealers, amounted to US$29.47 million, with the average rate dropping 55 cents to $123.75, compared to US$32.90 million, with the average rate of $124.30 on Thursday.
At mid-day on Friday dealers purchased US$8.2 million at an average rate of J$124.37 and sold $7.46 million at an average of J$125.44. At mid-day on the previous trading day, dealers purchased US$12.17 million at an average rate of J$124.70 and sold $7.66 million at an average of J$125.49.
The Jamaican dollar closed trading, with the selling rate for the Canadian dollar, declining to J$100.96 from J$101.70 at the close on Thursday. The selling rate for the British Pound rose to J$174.7 from J$173.57 previously and the euro fell versus the Jamaican dollar to J$152.09 to buy the European common currency, versus the prior selling rate of J$152.63.

Jamaican$ recovers from B-Fxitt effect – Thursday

The Jamaica dollar recovered on Thursday from some of the losses suffered when dealers sold US dollars to Bank of Jamaica in the B-FXITT auction that helped to push up the selling rate on Wednesday.
Inflows of all currencies amounted to the equivalent US$34.79 million compared to US$38.04 million on Wednesday and sold US$31.28 million compared to US$55.58 million, including the amount sold to Bank of Jamaica on Wednesday.
At the close of foreign currency trading, dealers sold US$27.16 million, for 16 cents less than on Wednesday with the US dollar selling rate closing at J$125.57, compared to J$125.73 in the sale of US$52.03 million on Wednesday. Purchases of the US currency by dealers, amounted to US$32.90 million, with the average rate climbing 26 cents to $124.30, compared to US$32.44 million, with the average rate of $123.94 on Wednesday.
At mid-day on Thursday dealers purchased US$12.17 million at an average rate of J$124.70 and sold $7.66 million at an average of J$125.49. At mid-day on the previous trading day, dealers purchased US$14 million at an average rate of J$124.51 and sold $18.42 million at an average of J$125.38.
The Jamaican dollar closed trading, with the selling rate for the Canadian dollar, jumped to J$101.70 from J$97.54 at the close on Wednesday. The selling rate for the British Pound declined to J$173.57 from J$174.67 previously and the euro fell versus the Jamaican dollar to J$152.63 to buy the European common currency, versus the prior selling rate of J$154.27.

Forex volume up with B-Fxitt trade – Wednesday

Bank of Jamaica bought US$15 million in the B-FXITT auction on Wednesday, with the average rates against the US dollar for accepted offer ending at $126.29. A total of 31 bids were received to sell US$21.85 million up to a rate of $128 and a low of $124.70
Dealers enjoyed inflows of all currencies amounting to the equivalent US$38.04 million compared to US$43.20 million bought on Tuesday and sold US$55.58 million, including the amount sold to Bank of Jamaica. US$44.03 million was sold on Tuesday.
At the close of foreign currency trading, dealers sold US$52.03 million, including the BOJ sales, at 37 cents more than on Tuesday with the US dollar selling rate closing at J$125.73, compared to J$125.36 in the sale of US$39.23 million on Tuesday. Purchases of the US currency by dealers, amounted to US$32.44 million, with the average rate declining 23 cents to $123.94, compared to US$40.56 million, with the average rate of $124.17 on Tuesday.
At mid-day on Wednesday dealers purchased US$14 million at an average rate of J$124.51 and sold $18.42 million at an average of J$125.38. At mid-day on the previous trading day, dealers purchased US$14 million at an average rate of J$124.51 and sold $18.42 million at an average of J$125.38.
The Jamaican dollar closed trading, with the selling rate for the Canadian dollar, dropped to J$97.54 from J$101.34 at the close on Tuesday. The selling rate for the British Pound declined to J$174.67 from J$176.07 previously and the euro fell versus the Jamaican dollar to J$154.27 to buy the European common currency, versus the prior selling rate of J$154.99.

Forex volume remains elevated – Tuesday

Trading volumes remained high in the Jamaica foreign currency market on Tuesday, with the average rates against the US dollar rising against the closing rates on Monday.
Dealers enjoyed inflows of all currencies amounting to the equivalent US$43.20 million compared to US$49.25 million bought on Monday and sold US$44.03 million versus US$48.57 million previously.
At the close of foreign currency trading, dealers sold US$39.23 million at 14 cents more than on Monday with the US dollar selling rate closing at J$125.36, compared to J$125.22 in the sale of US$42.11 million at the close, on Monday. Purchases of the US currency by dealers, amounted to US$40.56 million, with the average rate rising 35 cents to $124.17, compared to US$42.64 million, with the average rate of $123.82 on Monday.
At mid-day on Tuesday dealers purchased US$14 million at an average rate of J$124.51 and sold $18.42 million at an average of J$125.38. At mid-day on the previous trading day, dealers purchased US$14.62 million at an average rate of J$124.18 and sold $10.34 million at an average of J$125.29.
The Jamaican dollar closed trading, with the selling rate for the Canadian dollar, climbed to J$101.34 from J$98.36 at the close on Monday. The selling rate for the British Pound rose to J$176.07 from J$175.34 previously and the euro gained versus the Jamaican dollar to J$154.99 to buy the European common currency, versus the prior selling rate of J$153.42.

Forex volume rises on Monday

Trading volumes increased in the Jamaica foreign currency market on Monday, with the average selling rate against the US dollar rising modestly and the buying rate easing versus the closing rate on Friday.
Dealers enjoyed inflows of all currencies amounting to the equivalent US$49.25 million compared to US$38.7 million bought on Friday and sold US$48.57 million versus US$33.34 million previously.
At the close of foreign currency trading, dealers sold US$42.11 million at 3 cents more than on Friday with the US dollar selling rate closing at J$125.22, compared to J$125.19 in the sale of US$30.55 million at the close, on Friday. Purchases of the US currency by dealers, amounted to US$42.64 million, with the average rate falling 18 cents to $123.82, compared to US$35.32 million, with the average rate of $124 on Friday.
At mid-day on Monday dealers purchased US$14.62 million at an average rate of J$124.18 and sold $10.34 million at an average of J$125.29. At mid-day on the previous trading day, dealers purchased US$12.59 million at an average rate of J$124.63 and sold $11.54 million at an average of J$125.15.
The Jamaican dollar closed trading, with the selling rate for the Canadian dollar, fell to J$98.36 from J$99.06 at the close on Friday. The selling rate for the British Pound declined to J$175.34 from J$175.94 previously and the euro declined versus the Jamaican dollar to J$153.42 to buy the European common currency, versus the prior selling rate of J$156.23.