Czech central bank seen holding rates through 2021 -Reuters poll

* reuters://realtime/verb=Open/url=cpurl://apps.cp./Apps/cb-polls?RIC=CZCBIR%3DECI poll data

* All 12 analysts expect stable rates at Nov. 5 meeting

* Two predict cut in Dec., another two see hike in Q4/2021

* Median points to stable rates until at least Q1/2022

* Central bank presents quarterly update to macro-outlook

* Rate decision at 2:30 p.m. local time (1330 GMT)

* Presser at 3:45 p.m. local time



PRAGUE, Nov 3 (Reuters) - The Czech National Bank is expected to keep interest rates unchanged at its next policy meeting, on Nov. 5, and through 2021, a Reuters poll showed on Tuesday.

The main two-week repo rate stands at 0.25% after the central bank slashed it by 200 basis points in the spring to help the economy withstand the impact of the global coronavirus pandemic and the government’s counter-measures.

All 12 analysts in a Reuters poll this week expected the central bank to stay put on Thursday.

Two analysts predicted a cut by 20 basis points in December. Two more foresaw a move in the opposite direction in the last quarter of 2021 - an increase of by 25 basis points.

The median of the poll pointed to stable rates at least until the first quarter of 2022.

Several central bankers who have made public appearances since the last policy meeting on Sept. 23 have spoken in favor of stable policy because of the substantial uncertainties stemming from the pandemic.

The central bank will present a quarterly outlook to its staff macroeconomic forecast on Thursday, the first since the second wave of the coronavirus epidemic hit the country and its economy in late summer and autumn.

In its previous update, the central bank predicted the Czech gross domestic product would rise by 3.5% in 2021 after a fall by 8.2% seen this year.

The central bank will announce its rate decision at 2:30 p.m. local time (1330 GMT) on Thursday, followed by commentary and presentation of the macroeconomic outlook at a press conference at 3:45 p.m. (Reporting by Robert Muller, editing by Michael Kahn and Larry King)