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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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 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 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.
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.
BUDAPEST, Oct 3- Hungary has to present deficit-cutting measures to the European Commission by Friday to show how it will keep the budget deficit below the bloc's ceiling of 3 percent next year, the Hungarian minister responsible for talks with the IMF said.
The volatile Central Asian state has seen several attacks on the government since Kyrgyzstan's independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. The bloodiest protests, in March 2005 and April 2010, toppled two presidents, who then fled abroad.
*Polish economy, east Europe's biggest, is slowing sharply. WARSAW, Oct 3- Poland kept interest rates unchanged on Wednesday, surprising analysts who had expected a cut and prompting concerns the central bank may have left it too late to counter a sharp economic slowdown. Poland is moving in the direction of a wrong policy mix. "
The latest expansion in global output was heavily reliant on the United States, where economic activity rose at the fastest pace since March, JPMorgan said. Britain, Brazil, Russia and Ireland also saw output increase. The index combines survey data from countries including the United States, Japan, Germany, France, Britain, China and Russia.
MOSCOW, Oct 3- Promsvyazbank, one of Russia's largest privately owned lenders, revealed the details of its initial public offering both in Moscow and London in a deal seen as a test for equity raising by other domestic banks.
*To transfer sales staff from South Europe to South America. AARHUS, Denmark, Oct 3- Ailing Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas said on Wednesday it is stopping all non-profitable projects as it battles worsening prospects by slashing costs and jobs to lift medium-term operating margins to high single digit levels.
MOSCOW, Oct 3- Russia attracted relatively strong demand for its long-dated treasury bonds on Wednesday despite a weaker rouble, while the equity market extended losses on global economic woes, prior to a series of central bank meetings.
Following are details of the JPMorgan Global Purchasing All-Industry Output Index for September. GLOBAL SERVICES PMI PMI Jobs Orders Inp Prc Backlogs Aug 52.0 51.4 50.8 58.3 49.0 Sept 54.0 49.6 52.8 59.7 47.1 GLOBAL COMPOSITE PMI PMI Orders Jobs Inp Prc Aug 50.9 49.8 50.9 56.2 Sept 52.5 51.6 49.9 58.0.
MOSCOW, Oct 3- Russia's proposed increase in mineral extraction tax has deterred Germany's Wintershall from taking part in a gas field project in the country, according to an official of Russian gas producer Gazprom, quoted by Interfax news agency.