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Czech Republic - Factors To Watch on March 9
March 9, 2017 / 7:39 AM / 9 months ago

Czech Republic - Factors To Watch on March 9

    PRAGUE, March 9 (Reuters) - Here are news stories, press
reports and events to watch which may affect Czech financial
markets on Thursday.
    ALL TIMES GMT (Czech Republic: GMT + 1 hours)         
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    Real-time economic data releases....................        
    Summary of economic data and forecasts...........           
    Recently released economic data..................           
    Previous stories on Czech data.............                 
  **For a schedule of corporate and economic events: 
    FORTUNA: Czech betting firm Fortuna Entertainment Group
          posted a deeper-than-expected fall in 2016 core profit
due to rising operating costs, but said it expected earnings to
rise in 2017.
    The company, which has frozen dividend payments for 2016 and
2017 because of investments, also said it expected to sell its
Czech lottery business in the second quarter.
    Story:              Related stories:                   
    CEZ: Czech electricity producer CEZ           could get 4
billion crowns ($156.08 million) for the sale of its Pocerady
coal-powered plant, Hospodarske Noviny reported without citing
    Story:              Related stories:                   

    TECH: Tech companies must rapidly step up
information-sharing to protect users from prying eyes, a
security software executive said on Wednesday after WikiLeaks
released a trove of data purporting to show that the CIA can
hack all manner of devices.
    Story:              Related stories:                     
    SKODA: VW's Czech carmaker Skoda Auto expects this year to
surpass record 1.13 million vehicles sold in 2016, executive
Werner Eichhorn told CTK news agency in an interview at the
Geneva car show.
    Story:              Related stories:                     
    DUKOVANY: CEZ expects to re-launch Dukovany nuclear power
plant's unit 2 on March 13.
    Story:              Related stories:                       
    UNEMPLOYMENT: The Czech unemployment rate dipped to 5.1
percent of the workforce in February, the Labour Ministry said
on Wednesday, lower than a Reuters poll forecast for 5.2
    The jobless rate was at the lowest level since November last
year. The total number of unemployed in February was the lowest
for the month since 2008, the office said. 
    Story:              Related stories:                  
    BONDS: The Czech Finance Ministry sold 11.08 billion crowns
($433.08 million) worth of 0.00/20 government bonds             
in the first, competitive round of bidding at an auction on
    Story:              Related stories:                  
    CEE MARKETS: The leu led Central European currencies lower
on Wednesday as Romanian political worries returned, after mass
protests rocked the new leftist government earlier this year.
    Story:              Related stories:                    
 ---------------------- MARKET SNAPSHOT ------------------------
 Index/Crown Currency    Latest     Prev   Pct change Pct change
                                    close    on day     in 2017
 vs Euro                  27.02      26.983    -0.14      -0.05
 vs Dollar                25.637     25.803     0.64       0.04
 Czech Equities          972.24     972.24      0.06       5.49
 U.S. Equities        20,855.73  20,924.76     -0.33       5.53
 Pvs close or current levels vs prior domestic close at 1600 GMT
=========================PRESS DIGEST========================
    SKODA: A complaint by Skoda Auto, VW's Czech unit, over a
tender for the Czech police that was won by Hyundai was rejected
by the regulator. Skoda, a long-time supplier to the police,
said it would take further legal steps.
    Mlada Fronta Dnes, page 8
    (Reuters has not verified the stories, nor does it vouch for
their accuracy.)    
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