PRAGUE, Feb 12 (Reuters) - Here are news stories, press reports and events to watch which may affect Czech financial markets on Thursday:
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PRAGUE - Czech central bank governing board to hold a regular weekly meeting. It is not scheduled to discuss monetary policy issues.
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EU SETS SUMMITS: The European Union announced plans on Wednesday to hold no fewer than three economic summits to iron out national differences that threaten to hamper its efforts at tackling the recession.
Story: [ID:nLB333916] Related news: [RTRS-LEN-CZ-EU]
ZENTIVA HOLDER WILLING TO SELL: Private shareholder Belviport Trading Ltd will likely sell its 10.06 percent stake in Czech drugmaker Zentiva to Sanofi-Aventis under the French firm's takeover bid, a source close to Belviport said on Wednesday.
Story: [ID:nLB593536] Related news: [RTRS-LEN-CZ-MRG]
INDUSTRY DROPS: Industrial output in the Czech Republic plunged for a third straight month in December and the statistics office said it indicated the economy may have already contracted in the last three months of 2008.
Story: [ID:nLB729502] Related news: [RTRS-LEN-CZ-MCE]
CEE FX STAY WEAK: Emerging European assets slipped on Wednesday after a U.S. bank rescue plan disappointed investors, increasing the aversion of risk, while Polish FX options and Czech output data added to downward pressures.
Story: [ID:nLB170710] Related news: [RTRS-LEN-CZ-FRX]
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close on day in 2009 Czech Equities .PX 740.4 740.4 +0.00 n/a vs Euro EURCZK= 28.530 28.530 +0.00 -6.10 vs Dollar CZK= 22.067 22.097 +0.26 -13.29 U.S. Equities .DJI 7,940 7,889 +0.64 -9.54 Pvs close or current levels vs prior domestic close at 1600 GMT =========================PRESS DIGEST==========================
WEAK CROWN AFFECTING GAS PRICE: Dominant gas supplier RWE Transgas (RWEG.DE) does not see much room to lower gas prices in the second quarter due to the weakening crown currency, its CEO said.
Hospodarske Noviny, page 16
PPF WANTS ECM: Financial group PPF wants to buy the majority shareholding of ECM Real Estate Investments ECMPsp.PR owned by the group's founder.
Hospodarske Noviny, page 19
CORPORATE LOAN GUARANTEE: The state has prepared a 3.75 billion crown ($169.8 million) program that would guarantee corporate loans up to 25 billion crowns.
Mlada Fronta Dnes, page B1
ELECTRICITY PRICE COULD FALL: The baseload price of electricity could drop 9.3 percent to 45 euro per megawatt hour, a CEZ CEZPsp.PR trader said.
Mlada Fronta Dnes, page B4
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