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UPDATE 1-CEE MARKETS-Forint eases slightly after central bank extends QE programme

 (Updates with cenbank decision, trader comments)
    By Jason Hovet and Anita Komuves
    PRAGUE/BUDAPEST, April 27 (Reuters) - The Hungarian forint
eased slightly on Tuesday after the National Bank of Hungary
(NBH) left interest rates unchanged, as expected, and extended
its quantitative easing programme. 
    The forint was still 0.24% up on the day, trading
at 362.93 to the euro, outperforming its regional peers after a
recent slide. 
    The rate decision did not significantly move the forint as
it was already anticipated and priced in, according to an FX
trader in Budapest.
    The Hungarian currency has roller-coastered this year,
dropping nearly 2% at one point in the past two weeks. 
    Government bond yields were not immediately moved by the
central bank's announcement, a fixed-income trader said.
    "The QE programme reached 1.9 trillion forints last week, so
the market was sure that they would extend it, which was in line
with the bank's communication as well," he said.
    The NBH extended its QE programme, saying it would next
review the scheme once the stock of its bond purchases rises by
another 1 trillion forints ($3.33 billion) to 3 trillion
forints.
    Other central European currencies eased as the U.S. dollar
hovered above its recent lows and risk appetite slackened ahead
of a Federal Reserve policy decision this week.
    The Czech crown lost steam, dropping 0.35% to
25.940 to the euro. 
    Markets expect the Czech central bank, which meets next
week, could begin hiking interest rates later this year although
the timing is still uncertain.
    Board member Vojtech Benda told Bloomberg news agency the
bank was not likely to raise rates this year as much as assumed
in its staff forecasts.
    The Polish zloty dipped 0.17% while Romania's leu
was flat.
    Warsaw markets were waiting for a Thursday ruling from the
Court of Justice of the European Union over questions concerning
claims banks may be able to make from clients if foreign
currency mortgage contracts are cancelled.
    The issue, weighing on the zloty, could result in major
losses for the banking sector, coming after thousands of Polish
borrowers took out Swiss franc loans more than a decade ago.
    Warsaw's WIG20 index dropped 0.22% on Tuesday.
    
    
                   CEE       SNAPSHO   AT                      
                   MARKETS   T        1549 CET          
                             CURRENC                           
                             IES                        
                             Latest   Previous  Daily   Change
                             bid      close     change  in 2021
 EURCZK=  Czech    <EURCZK=  25.9400   25.8480  -0.35%   +1.11%
          crown    >                                    
 EURHUF=  Hungary  <EURHUF=  362.930  363.8000   +0.24   -0.06%
          forint   >               0                 %  
 EURPLN=  Polish   <EURPLN=   4.5664    4.5587  -0.17%   -0.16%
          zloty    >                                    
 EURRON=  Romania  <EURRON=   4.9260    4.9248  -0.02%   -1.24%
          n leu    >                                    
 EURHRK=  Croatia  <EURHRK=   7.5550    7.5635   +0.11   -0.10%
          n kuna   >                                 %  
 EURRSD=  Serbian  <EURRSD=  117.550  117.6050   +0.05   +0.02%
          dinar    >               0                 %  
          Note:    calculated from              1800           
          daily                                 CET     
          change Latest   Previous  Daily   Change
                                      close     change  in 2021
 .PX      Prague             1097.40  1095.200   +0.20   +6.84%
                                             0       %  
 .BUX     Budapes            43434.5  43281.61   +0.35   +3.15%
          t                        3                 %  
 .WIG20   Warsaw             2000.61   2005.10  -0.22%   +0.84%
 .BETI    Buchare            11298.8  11213.75   +0.76   +15.23
          st                       3                 %        %
 .SBITOP  Ljublja  <.SBITOP  1060.52   1063.41  -0.27%   +17.72
          na       >                                          %
 .CRBEX   Zagreb             1899.59   1895.34   +0.22   +9.22%
                                                     %  
 .BELEX1  Belgrad  <.BELEX1   770.28    770.34  -0.01%   +2.89%
 5        e        5>                                   
 .SOFIX   Sofia               521.65    519.88   +0.34   +16.56
                                                     %        %
                                                               
                             Yield    Yield     Spread  Daily
                             (bid)    change    vs      change
                                                Bund    in
          Czech                                         spread
          Republi                                       
          c                                             
 CZ2YT=R           <CZ2YT=R   0.6360    0.0130   +133b    +2bps
 R        2-year   R>                               ps  
 CZ5YT=R           <CZ5YT=R   1.3660   -0.0790   +197b    -8bps
 R        5-year   R>                               ps  
 CZ10YT=           <CZ10YT=   1.7920   -0.0060   +205b    -1bps
 RR       10-year  RR>                              ps  
          Poland                                               
 PL2YT=R           <PL2YT=R   0.1030    0.0130   +079b    +2bps
 R        2-year   R>                               ps  
 PL5YT=R           <PL5YT=R   0.8120   -0.0410   +141b    -4bps
 R        5-year   R>                               ps  
 PL10YT=           <PL10YT=   1.5410   -0.0150   +179b    -2bps
 RR       10-year  RR>                              ps  
                   FORWARD                                     
                             3x6      6x9       9x12    3M
                                                        interba
                                                        nk
          Czech                 0.45      0.70    0.97     0.36
          Rep      <PRIBOR=                             
                   >                                    
          Hungary               0.95      1.12    1.27     0.79
                                                        
          Poland                0.24      0.27    0.39     0.21
                                                        
          Note:    are for ask                                 
          FRA      prices                               
          quotes                                        
          ********************************************         
          ****************** (Reporting by Jason Hovet in Prague, Anita Komuves in Budapest
and Alan Charlish in Warsaw; editing by Mark Heinrich)
  
 
 
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