US dollar was kept steady against the Bangladesh taka on Monday when it
rose against major currencies as strong US jobs data cleared, what
analysts said, may be the final hurdle to the first Federal Reserve
interest rate hike in nearly a decade.
Official data Friday showed
more than 200,000 new jobs were created in the United States in
November, reinforcing the view that the world's top economy was in
recovery. The Fed is widely expected to announce its first rate hike
since 2006 at a policy meeting next week.
The dollar traded at Tk
78.22 and Tk 78.27 per unit in line with its previous week's closings,
dealers of different commercial banks said.
Some dealers said the
local currency -the taka should have been lost some points against the
dollar. But it was kept stable as central bank made market interventions
to encourage exporters and remittance earners.
The volume of
foreign currency transactions on Monday as trading resumed after a long
three day holidays- Friday and Saturday in domestic market and also
Sunday in world markets.
Sonali Bank, Janata Bank, United Commercial
Bank, Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited, Agrani Bank, Mutual Trust Bank,
Prime Bank, Citi Bank, HSBC, and NCC Bank remained very active in
foreign exchange transactions, central bank sources said.