Eastern Europe


  • BUDAPEST, Oct 4- The zloty held gains in early Thursday trade after Poland kept interest rates unchanged in the previous session, going against market expectations for a cut, while stock markets across central Europe inched higher.

  • MOSCOW, Oct 4- Evraz, Russia's largest steelmaker, is to take a majority stake in coal miner Raspadskaya in an $800 million cash and share deal designed to give it more control over the supply of coking coal, a key ingredient in steelmaking.

  • NORWAY GAS-Flows to Europe steady Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 3:47 AM ET

    OSLO, Oct 4- Norwegian gas exports to Europe remained broadly stable on Thursday morning, data from Norway's gas system operator Gassco showed. Exports to Europe including Britain totalled 290 million cubic metres per day at 0615 GMT compared to 289.7 mcm daily average on Wednesday.

  • Russian steelmaker Evraz falls on Raspadskaya deal Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 3:43 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 4- London- listed shares in Russia's Evraz fell more than 4 percent in early trade on Thursday after the steelmaker announced a plan to increase its share in coal miner Raspadskaya to an indirect 82 percent holding.

  • Russian Standard Bank places $350 mln bonds-source Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 3:25 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Oct 4- Russian Standard Bank, a leader in Russian consumer lending, has placed subordinated bonds worth $350 million with a yield of 10.75 percent and a term of 5.5 years, a banking source told Reuters on Thursday. The deal was organised was Goldman Sachs, UBS and VTB Capital.

  • BAKU, Oct 4- BP-Azerbajan said on Thursday the gas flows from Azeri Shah Deniz fields to Turkey were halted last night due to an "an incident" after reports of a pipeline blast. She declined to say whether a blast in Turkey caused the gas flows stoppage. Earlier on Thursday Turkish energy officials said the gas supplies were stopped due to an explosion in Turkey.

  • Czech Republic - Factors To Watch on Oct 4 Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 2:38 AM ET

    PRAGUE, Oct 4- Here are news stories, press reports and events to watch which may affect Czech financial markets on Thursday. PRAGUE- Czech central bank governing board to hold a regular weekly meeting. PRAGUE- Car Importers' Association to hold a news conference on third quarter passenger car registrations.

  • UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Oct 4 Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 2:35 AM ET

    *Britain's FTSE 100 is set to open 12 to 17 points higher, or as much as 0.3 percent, according to financial bookmakers. FTSE index closed up 0.3 percent, or 16.36 points higher, at 5,825.81 points on Wednesday driven by gains in "defensive" stocks seen as the most resilient to an economic downturn.

  • Russian markets - Factors to Watch on Oct 4 Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 2:28 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Oct 4- Here are events and news stories that could move Russian markets on Thursday. MOSCOW- "Russia Calling" investment conference held by VTB Capital. MOSCOW- Briefing by Alexey Simanovsky, First Deputy Chairman of the Central Bank of Russia.

  • MOSCOW, Oct 4- Evraz, Russia's largest steelmaker, agreed to increase its stake in the Russian coal miner Raspadskaya by half to 82 percent, the company said on Thursday.

  • Slovakia - Factors To Watch on Oct 4 Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 1:59 AM ET

    BRATISLAVA, Oct 4- Here are news stories, press reports and events to watch which may affect Slovak financial markets on Thursday. Slovakia's rising debt will likely force it to drop tentative plans to tap international markets once more this year due to its debt brake law, the finance ministry said on Wednesday.

  • Poland - Factors to Watch on Oct 4 Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 1:46 AM ET

    Here are news stories, press reports and events to watch, which may affect Poland's financial markets on Thursday. Poland's finance ministry offers 3.0- 5.0 billion zlotys in bonds due January 2017, April 2017 and January 2021.

  • INDICATORS - Slovakia - Oct 4 Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 1:33 AM ET

    NEW LISTINGS OR, AMENDMENTS ARE MARKED* KEY INTEREST RATES ECB'S TWO-WEEK REPO rate 0.75 last changed JULY 5, 2012 former rate 1.00 SLOVAK REAL GDP Q2/12 FLASH ESTIMATE +0.7 +2.7 SLOVAK REAL GDP Q2/12 Q1/12 Q2/11 FY/11 +2.8 +3.0 +3.5 +3.3 Final consumption Household -0.3 -0.1 -0.1 -0.4 Government -2.1 +0.4 -5.1 -3.5 Gross fixed capital formation -1.1 -3.9 +6.4 +5.7 Foreign trade balance exports of goods and services +8.9 +6.0 +13.1 +10.8 imports of goods and services +3.2 +2.1 +10.9 +4.5 SLOVAK REAL GDP FY/2011 +3.3 FY/2010 +4.2 FY/2009 -4.9 FY/2008 +5.9 FY/2007 +10.5 FY/2006 +8.3 FY/2005 +6.7 FY/2004 +5.1 FY/2003 +4.8 FY/2002 +4.6 FY/2001 +3.5 FY/2000 +1.4 C/A BALANCE JUNE 12 MAY 12 JUNE 11 +364.0 +449.0 -19.0 C/A BALANCE END-2011 END-2010 END-2009 +38.0 -1.637 -1.627 FOREIGN TRADE JULY 12 JUNE 12 JULY 11 JAN-DEC 11 Imports 4,578.9 4,983.0 4,227.5 53,966.1 Exports 4,977.9 5,331.9 4,252.6 56,407.9 Balance +399.0 +348.8 +25.1 +2,441.9 DYNAMICS OF TRADE nominal imports +8.3 +8.4 +9.5 +13.6 nominal exports +17.1 +11.4 +12.9 +16.9 SLOVAK UNEMPLOYMENT AUG 12 JULY 12 AUG 11 pct of workforce 13.19 13.27 13.12 number available for work 356,423 358,652 349,885.

  • RLPC-Sberbank launches $1.5 bln syndicated loan-bankers Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 12:57 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 4- Russia's largest bank Sberbank. Barclays is coordinating Sberbank's three-year loan, which is the largest such deal in the central and eastern European pipeline, the bankers added. Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Barclays, Citi, HSBC, ING, JP Morgan, WestLB, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and SMBC participated in the 2011 deal.

  • Russia's Alrosa aims to refinance up to $1.4 bln in Q4 Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 12:47 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Oct 4- Russian state-run diamond miner Alrosa aims to refinance between $1.3 billion and $1.4 billion of short-tern debt by the end of the year, company spokesman Andrey Polyakov said on Thursday after the company reported first-half results.

  • Hong Kong shares seen firmer, defensives in favour Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 8:51 PM ET

    HONG KONG, Oct 4- Hong Kong shares were set to open slightly higher on Thursday with defensive sectors such as telecoms continuing to attract investor interest although gains are likely to be capped by weakness in oil producers after crude prices slumped overnight.

  • Russia's Lavrov skipped big powers' Iran meeting at UN Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 7:17 PM ET

    *Russia may be irritated with calls for new sanctions-envoys* Israel has threatened military action against Iran By Louis Charbonneau.

  • *Moscow lab complained some chips were faulty. Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn, New York unsealed an indictment charging 11 alleged participants in the network, as well as companies based in Houston, Texas, and Moscow, with illegally exporting high-tech components from the United States to Russian security agencies.

  • Albania to fund power imports, bills distributor CEZ Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 2:49 PM ET

    *Albania to fund power imports by state-run KESH. Supply is at risk in hydro-power dependent Albania after CEZ Shperndarje, which has been in a dispute with the government over prices it can charge to final consumers, did not import electricity in September.

  • Med Crude-Urals strengthens in Surgut tender Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 1:59 PM ET

    Oil firm Surgut was believed to have awarded its tender for three cargoes from the Baltic port of Primork to Shell, Repsol and Litasco with prices of the prompt cargo pegged at around dated Brent minus $1.7 per barrel. Later cargoes were believed to be sold at dated Brent minus $1.50, some 20 cents stronger than prices earlier this week.