CBK sells dollars after rate cap weighs on shilling
26 August 2016, 13:14
Nairobi - Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) pumped dollars into the market early on Thursday, helping to lift the shilling, after it weakened on the back of President Uhuru Kenyatta's decision to approve a law capping commercial lending rates, traders said.
At 0743 GMT, commercial banks quoted the shilling at 101.30/50 to the dollar, compared with Wednesday's close of 101.45/55.
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The currency had weakened to 101.50/60 at the start of trading in reaction to the cap on the interest banks can charge borrowers, prompting the central bank to step in, the traders said.
Banking stocks on the Nairobi Securities Exchange also fell sharply at the start of trade on Thursday in reaction to the rate cap.