Czech Republic - Factors To Watch on Oct 12

PRAGUE, Oct 12 (Reuters) - Here are news stories, press reports and events to watch which may affect Czech financial markets on Friday.

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DRUZHBA: European refiners linked to the Druzhba pipeline risk being starved of Russian oil as producers explore new export routes, an executive at Gazprom's trading arm said on Thursday.

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

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CARBON: The Czech Republic sold 1 million spot EU carbon permits for 7.59 euros each on Thursday, auction hosts the European Energy Exchange said.

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

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

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Index/Crown Currency Latest Prev Pct change Pct change

close on day in 2012 vs Euro 24.877 24.887 0.04 2.61 vs Dollar 19.237 19.22 -0.09 2.51 Czech Equities 985.69 985.69 0.21 8.19 U.S. Equities 13,326.39 13,344.97 -0.14 9.08

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

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CEZ: The European Commission should rule on a CEZ

plan to sell a 800 MW plant to meet regulator demands at the end of November or beginning of December, CEZ chief Daniel Benes said.

Hospodarske Noviny, page 18

STEEL: Evraz Vitkovice Steel temporarily stopped production at the start of October, and around 80 percent of the workforce has been sent home with 80 percent of its pay.

Hospodarske Noviny, page 19

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