Czech Republic - Factors To Watch on Oct 12

PRAGUE, Oct 12 (Reuters) - Here are news stories, pressreports and events to watch which may affect Czech financialmarkets on Friday.

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DRUZHBA: European refiners linked to the Druzhba pipelinerisk being starved of Russian oil as producers explore newexport routes, an executive at Gazprom's trading arm said onThursday.

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C.BANK'S SINGER: The Czech central bank is ready tointervene to weaken the crown currency if it feels there is arisk of long-term deflation pressures, Governor Miroslav Singerwas quoted as saying on Monday.

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CARBON: The Czech Republic sold 1 million spot EU carbonpermits for 7.59 euros each on Thursday, auction hosts theEuropean Energy Exchange said.

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CEE MARKETS: Polish 5-year bonds hit record lows on Thursdayon expectations the country's central bank will soon cutborrowing costs, while the Czech crown recouped early lossestracking a stronger euro.

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CEE POWER: Central European day ahead power fell on Thursdaydue to low demand heading into the weekend and forecasts forrising renewable supply in the region, traders said.

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Index/Crown Currency Latest Prev Pct change Pct change

close on day in 2012vs Euro24.877 24.887 0.04 2.61vs Dollar19.237 19.22 -0.09 2.51Czech Equities985.69 985.69 0.21 8.19U.S. Equities13,326.39 13,344.97 -0.14 9.08

Pvs close or current levels vs prior domestic close at 1500 GMT

==========================PRESS DIGEST==========================

CEZ: The European Commission should rule on a CEZ

plan to sell a 800 MW plant to meet regulatordemands at the end of November or beginning of December, CEZchief Daniel Benes said.

Hospodarske Noviny, page 18

STEEL: Evraz Vitkovice Steel temporarily stopped productionat the start of October, and around 80 percent of the workforcehas been sent home with 80 percent of its pay.

Hospodarske Noviny, page 19

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