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Ghana’s Cedi Heads for Five-Month High as Dealers Sell Dollars

August 01, 2011

Aug. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Ghana’s cedi headed for a more than five-month high as currency traders reduced holdings of dollars.

The currency of the world’s second-biggest cocoa producer gained as much as 1.4 percent to 1.4915 per dollar, the biggest intraday gain since Feb. 11, before trading 1.2 percent up at 1.4946 as of 12:52 p.m. in Accra, the capital, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. A close at this level will be the highest since Feb. 18.

“Some dealers sold dollars today just to reduce their holdings of the U.S. currency,” Biggles Amponsah, a currency trader at the local unit of Access Bank Plc, said in a telephone interview today. “As a strategy, sometimes it is better to hold less of the dollar when you are not sure of the next direction of rates.”

--Editors: Ana Monteiro, Linda Shen

To contact reporter on this story: Moses Mozart Dzawu in Accra at mdzawu@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Antony Sguazzin at asguazzin@bloomberg.net.


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