January 12, 2018 / 7:16 AM / in a year

Czech Republic - Factors To Watch on Jan 12

    PRAGUE, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Here are news stories, press
reports and events to watch which may affect Czech financial
markets on Friday.
    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: 
    PRAGUE - Czechs will vote in the first round of a
presidential election on Friday and Saturday.
    Story:              Related stories:                       
    PRESIDENT: Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis backed
incumbent Milos Zeman in the country's presidential election,
which starts with a first round on Friday and Saturday.
    Story:              Related stories:                   
    CENBANK: The Czech National Bank is splitting its foreign
exchange reserves into two parts to better manage the portfolio
after its foreign holdings soared during nearly four years of
currency market interventions, Governor Jiri Rusnok said on
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    CEE MARKETS: Central European currencies and government
bonds retreated on Thursday as minutes from the ECB's December
meeting triggered some expectation that it may shift to more
hawkish rhetoric.
    Story:              Related stories:                    
 ---------------------- MARKET SNAPSHOT ------------------------
 Index/Crown Currency    Latest     Prev   Pct change Pct change
                                   close    on day     in 2018
 vs Euro                  25.501     25.537    0.14       0.1
 vs Dollar                21.149     21.224    0.35       0.61
 Czech Equities        1,107.68   1,107.68     0.54       2.74
 U.S. Equities        25,574.73  25,369.13     0.81       3.46
 Pvs close or current levels vs prior domestic close at 1600 GMT
***For real-time stock market index quotes click in brackets:
   Warsaw WIG20          Budapest BUX        Prague PX      
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    IKEA: Furniture giant IKEA will open an 800 sqm shop in the
centre of Prague, becoming the fourth European city where the
company has this concept, Lidove Noviny reported.
    Separately, IKEA sales in the country rose 4 percent to 9.7
billion crowns ($458.46 million) in the 2016/2017 fiscal year
ending in August, Hospodarske Noviny said.
    Lidove Noviny, page 14; Hospodarske Noviny, page 17
  (Reuters has not verified the stories, nor does it vouch for
their accuracy.)    
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($1 = 21.1580 Czech crowns)

 (Reporting by Prague Newsroom)
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