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Russian markets - Factors to Watch on Oct 10

MOSCOw, Oct 10 (Reuters) - Here are events and news stories that could moveRussian markets on Wednesday.

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STOCKS CALL (Contributions to moscow.newsroom@reuters.com):

CITI - The Russian steel sector is most at risk from the sunset of theglobal commodity cycle in steel. Prefers high growth domestics such as Sberbank

, Magnitand MTS. Increases oil sector weightingfrom underweight to neutral because of new tax breaks.

OLMA - The situation on global financial markets preserves risks for adownward correction in the Russian market today.

PROMSVYAZBANK - The external backdrop and influence of basic factors ismoderately negative for the Russian market today.

EVENTS(All times GMT):

MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet Iraqi prime ministerNuri al-Maliki.

MOSCOW - Putin to meet with officials to discuss the situation on thenational and international grain market.

MOSCOW - Court hearing in appeal by members of punk group Pussy Riot.

MOSCOW - British singer Sarah Brightman expected to announce she will benext space tourist at news conference.

MOSCOW - Annual conference "Shaping Russia's Business Climate" by theAmerican Chamber of Commerce.

IN THE PAPERS:

A visible show of friendship by the president of Rosneft, Igor Sechin, andGennady Timchenko, co-owner of oil trader Gunvor, is unexpected after Gunvorrecently lost a major Rosneft tender, reports the business daily Vedomosti.

Russia is offering Ukraine a gas price of $160 per 1000 cubic metres,similar to Belarus, but only if Ukraine agrees to join a Russian-led CustomsUnion, Vedomosti reports.

Parliamentary speaker Sergei Naryshkin met with legal experts to discussways to encourage companies to settle legal disputes in Russia rather thanabroad, the Kommersant daily reports.

TOP STORIES IN RUSSIA AND THE CIS

:TOP NEWS:Russia's MegaFon to sell shares in London

TNK-BP oligarchs try to dodge Rosneft

Business in Georgia pins hopes on new govt, Russia ties

COMPANIES/MARKETS:

FACTBOX-MegaFon may be biggest Russian IPO since Yandex

Russia's RUSAL wins Siberian court ruling against Norilsk

Russian assets buoyed by oil rally

ECONOMY/POLITICS:

Capitalist Mongolia bids not so fond farewell to Lenin

Iraq buys $4.2 billion in Russian weapons-document

Pussy Riot prize nomination stirs row in German town

Russia's Kudrin denies offered super-regulator post

U.S. says Kazakh verdict silences opposition

ENERGY:

Rosneft says discusses trading issues with Gunvor

Russia expects tax reforms to boost oil output

Med Crude-Urals stronger in Baltic on arbitrage

Gazprom to sell more LNG to South Korea's KOGAS

Russia's LUKOIL says Iraq approves oilfield development

TNK Vietnam says starts Vietnam gas production

COMMODITIES:

Russia again rules out grain export limits

Russian AgMin trims wheat harvest, export view

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