Czech Republic - Factors To Watch on Oct 1

PRAGUE, Oct 1 (Reuters) - Here are news stories, press reports and events to watch which may affect Czech financial markets on Monday.

ALL TIMES GMT (Czech Republic: GMT + 2 hours)

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Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) for September due out at 0730 GMT.

End-September budget balance data.

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LOAN FACILITY: Telefonica Czech Republic


signed a four-year loan for 3 billion crowns ($153.16 million) for refinancing debt due in 2012 and other operations, the telecom company said on Monday.

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PRESIDENT: A young man wielding a plastic gun fired pellets at Czech President Vaclav Klaus on Friday, hitting him on the arm but causing no injuries.��

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RATES: Czech interest rates have been cut to a new low in a bid to nudge consumers and businesses into spending and the central bank said it may intervene to weaken the crown to kickstart the economy.

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CEE MARKETS: Czech crown weakened for a second day on Friday after the central bank cut rates to a record low close to zero and said it could consider weakening to currency if it saw a need for even looser policy.

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CEE POWER: Czech next-working-day power prices rose on Friday on expectations of less wind output in thin bank holiday trading, traders said.

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Index/Crown Currency Latest Prev Pct change Pct change

close on day in 2012 vs Euro 25.159 25.025 -0.54 1.51 vs Dollar 19.597 19.03 -2.98 0.68 Czech Equities 953.39 953.39 0.98 4.64 U.S. Equities 13,437.13 13,485.97 -0.36 9.98

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

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ALCOHOL: The state is planning to compensate companies that have to destroy alcohol as part of measures after prohibition was eased with tax credits, Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek said.

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