Easing to hryvnia on Friday was provoked uncoordinated to the central bank by an entry into the interbank currency market of NAK Naftogaz Ukrainy with currency purchase at the overestimated course, the head of group of advisers to the head of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) Valery Litvitsky reported to Interfax — Ukraine agency.
"Today the average course on Mezhbank would be less, than yesterday if "Naftogaz" didn't enter the market with currency purchase at the overestimated course. "Naftogaz" bought rather small volume - $15 million, but illiterate (course) behavior broke the market", - he told.
According to V. Litvitsky, the average rate on all operations with dollar on Mezhbank (including operations NBU) made on January 22 7,80 UAH / $1, and "Naftogaz of Ukraine" declared on January 23 a currency buying rate at the level of significantly higher than 8 UAH / to $1.
The head of group of advisers to head of NBU also reported that this state company didn't address to National Bank concerning need of acquisition of currency, and also didn't direct the demand for currency auction which carries out NBU on Friday.
At the same time, according to him, a certain easing to hryvnia is confirmation of independence of course policy of National Bank from the work schedule in Ukraine International Monetary Fund missions.
As it was reported, the market rate to hryvnia in the interbank currency market on Friday following the results of the first half of day decreased to 8,10 UAH / $1 from 7,85 UAH / $1 following the results of the auction on Thursday. As a whole for 2009 the market rate to hryvnia on Mezhbank decreased by 0,62% (from 8,05 UAH / $1) - to 8,10 UAH / $1. The official rate to hryvnia in 2009 is kept at the level of 7,7 UAH / by $1.