October 18, 2018 / 6:48 AM / 9 months ago

Czech Republic - Factors To Watch on Oct 18

    PRAGUE, Oct 18 (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 + 2 hours)        
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  **For a schedule of corporate and economic events: 
    CME: Broadcaster Central European Media Enterprises (CME)
                   reported a 34 percent rise in third-quarter
core profit, beating expectations in a typically weaker period
as advertising revenues maintained strong growth.
    CENBANK: The Czech National Bank may need to take a more
gradual approach to raising interest rates while it assesses
risks from abroad, and a slower pace would not be threat to
meeting its inflation target, board member Oldrich Dedek said in
an interview.
    EPH: Le Monde investor Matthieu Pigasse, who heads the
Lazard investment bank in France, is in talks with Czech
investor Daniel Kretinsky to sell him 40-49 percent of his
shares in the French daily, Le Monde wrote on its website on
    HACK: Slovakia is investigating a suspected case of hacking
targeting its foreign ministry, Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini
said on Wednesday after a meeting of the country's security
    CEE MARKETS: Hungarian government bond yields dropped on
Wednesday and a rebound in Central European equities lost steam
as investors digested concerns about loose monetary policy.
    EUROPE POWER: European prompt power prices fell further on
Wednesday from high levels, as the prospect of higher wind power
supply overrode some thermal plant losses.
 ---------------------- MARKET SNAPSHOT ------------------------
 Index/Crown Currency    Latest     Prev   Pct change Pct change
                                    close    on day     in 2018
 vs Euro                  25.844     25.836    -0.03     -1.24
 vs Dollar                22.493     22.466    -0.12     -5.71
 Czech Equities        1,087.86   1,087.86     -0.05      0.9
 U.S. Equities        25,706.68  25,798.42     -0.36      3.99
 Pvs close or current levels vs prior domestic close at 1500 GMT
======================PRESS DIGEST==============================
    ENERGY: State-owned electricity grid operator CEPS suffered
a personnel "earthquake" on Wednesday, replacing its chief
executive after two-and-a-half years along with another board
    Lidove Noviny, page 13    
    (Reuters has not verified the stories, nor does it vouch for
their accuracy.)

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 (Reporting by Prague Newsroom)
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