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Oil prices and dynamics of monetary market of Azerbaijan (11.07- 15.07.2011)

Analysis Materials 18 July 2011 14:46

On July 11-15, the average price on Azeri Light CIF Augusta exported from Azerbaijan via the Ceyhan and Batumi ports was about $120.62 per barrel, or $2.52 more than the previous price.

The maximum price was $122.24 per barrel. The minimum price was $119.45 per barrel.
Azeri Light's density is 34.6 degrees API with a 0.14-percent sulfur content.

The average price on Urals (Ex-Novo) exported from Azerbaijan via the Novorossiysk port was over $114.9 per barrel, or $2.74 more than the previous price.

The maximum price was $116.51 per barrel and the minimum - $113.9 per barrel. Urals' density is 32 degrees API with a sulfur content up to 1.3 percent. The oil grade's specifications vary when sold depending on its high/low-quality content.

The average price on Brent Dated was about $118.06 per barrel, or $3.3 more than the previous price. The maximum price was $119.71 per barrel and the minimum - $116.85 per barrel. Brent Dated's density is 38.3 degrees API with a sulfur content of 0.36 percent.

Monetary market

Last week the official rate of the manat to the US dollar, set by the Central Bank of Azerbaijan , consolidated by 0.000 3 points (0.0 3 percent). The average rate was established at 0.78 65 manat to 1 U.S. dollar.

After the Central Bank shifted to bilateral targeting of the dollar/manat from Jan. 10, 2011, exchange rate of the national has stabilized. Macroeconomic analysis showed that bilateral targeting of dollar/manat corresponds with the objectives of the Central Bank, particularly in influencing the inflation rate. In terms of communication, this mechanism is not only beneficial, as this will allow the CBA to move to the regime of freely floating exchange rate in the long term.

As a result of last week's exchange, the rate of the Azerbaijani manat to the U.S. dollar, established based on results from the Baku Inter-bank Currency Exchange (BICEX) hit0,78 66 manat to $1.

Deals concluded last week at BEST with transition to currency (T+0) comprised: July 11- no deals were concluded, the exchange rate remained 0.78 66 AZN/USD, July 12 - $ 3.326 million with exchange rate of 0.7866 AZN/USD ,July 13 - $ 0.11 million with exchange rate of 0.7866 AZN/USD ,July 14 - $ 0.94 million with exchange rate of 0.7866 AZN/USD ,July 15 - $ 0.918 million with exchange rate of 0.7866 AZN/USD .

No deal was concluded with USD/AZN T+1 and T+2 due to too few appeals by dealers.

Appeals were not received on RUB/AZN and EUR/AZN.

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