Naira Nigeria's currency gains 0.8 pct after cenbank dollar sales

Traders said the central bank selectively sold dollars to commercial lenders just before the market close.

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A woman takes Nigerian Naira from a bank's automated teller machine (ATM) in Ikeja district in the commercial capital Lagos play A woman takes Nigerian Naira from a bank's automated teller machine (ATM) in Ikeja district in the commercial capital Lagos November 12, 2014. (REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye)
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Nigeria's naira closed firmer on the interbank market on Monday after the central bank sold dollars to some commercial lenders towards the end of a session that featured no trades in the first four hours, traders said.

The naira closed at 305.50 to the dollar, 0.81 percent firmer than its Friday close.

Traders said the central bank selectively sold dollars to commercial lenders just before the market close.

"The central bank came to the market toward the close, and sold dollars to only few banks, which helped to support the naira," a trader said.

The central bank has been selling dollars almost daily to boost liquidity and support the naira.

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