April 4, 2018 / 6:12 AM / a year ago

Czech Republic - Factors To Watch on April 4

    PRAGUE, April 4 (Reuters) - Here are news stories, press
reports and events to watch which may affect Czech financial
markets on Wednesday.
    ALL TIMES GMT (Czech Republic: GMT + 2 hours)         
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    Summary of economic data and forecasts...........           
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    GAS: Slovak gas pipeline operator Eustream has temporarily
reduced the maximum capacity at several entry/exit points for
two weeks due to unexpected maintenance works, it said on
    UNIPETROL: Refiner Unipetrol           said Litvinov's POX
unit in shutdown, crude processing reduced.
    CEZ: The Bulgarian government will not take a stake in the
energy assets that Czech power utility CEZ           is selling
in the Balkan country, its finance minister said on Tuesday.
    BUDGET: The Czech central state budget showed a 16.26
billion crown ($788.17 million) surplus at the end of March
mainly due to a sharp increase in the inflow of EU subsidies,
Finance Ministry data showed on Tuesday.
    CEE MARKETS: Poland's 10-year government bond yield fell to
a seven-month low as investors expected little debt supply and
low inflation in coming months, despite strong manufacturing
indexes from Warsaw, Prague and Budapest.
 ---------------------- MARKET SNAPSHOT ------------------------
 Index/Crown Currency    Latest     Prev   Pct change Pct change
                                    close    on day     in 2018
 vs Euro                  25.318     25.402    0.33       0.82
 vs Dollar                20.628     20.585   -0.21       3.05
 Czech Equities        1,116.66   1,116.66    -0.64       3.57
 U.S. Equities        24,033.36  23,644.19     1.65      -2.77
 Pvs close or current levels vs prior domestic close at 1500 GMT
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    EPH: Energy holding EPH's EP Energy unit posted a 30 percent
rise in core EBITDA profit last year, to 9.6 billion crowns 
($465.52 million), on a 0.5 percent decrease in revenue.
    Hospodarske Noviny, page 14
    BANK PAY: Unions at KBC's Czech bank CSOB are asking for a
15 percent wage rise while management has offered 5 percent.
    Hospodarske Noviny, page 13
    HARTENBERG: Investment group Hartenberg, which belongs to
Prime Minister Andrej Babis's trust funds, acquired a majority
stake in Astratex, an online seller of lingerie.
    Lidove Noviny, page 13
  (Reuters has not verified the stories, nor does it vouch for
their accuracy.)     
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($1 = 20.6220 Czech crowns)

 (Reporting by Prague Newsroom)
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