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Russian markets -- Factors to Watch on May 27


http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/05/27/russia-factors-idUKLDE74Q06L20110527
Fri May 27, 2011 7:16am BST

MOSCOW, May 27 (Reuters) - Here are events and news stories

that could move Russian markets on Friday.

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STOCKS CALL (Contributions to moscow.newsroom@reuters.com):

Troika: U.S. equities managed to close the day in positive

territory; crude is up slightly today after losing one percent

yesterday. Asian markets are up this morning on strong corporate

earnings. We are opening our prices this morning up 1.0 percent.

Nettrader: On the Russian forex market we expect a further

weakening in the dollar against the rouble due to its weakening

against the euro and rising oil prices.

EVENTS [RU-DIA] (All times GMT):

DEAUVILLE, France - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev

attends the Group of Eight leaders meeting.

MOSCOW - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will chair a

meeting on gas industry taxation.

IN THE PAPERS [PRESS/RU]:

Russian billionaire Vladimir Potanin has rejected an offer

from rival tycoons Viktor Vekselberg and Len Blavatnik to buy

his stake in Norilsk Nickel (GMKN.MM), the Vedomosti newspaper

reports.


TNK-BP (TNBP.MM) has submitted an unbinding offer to buy

Poland's refiner Lotos LTOS.WA, Kommersant writes.

TOP STORIES IN RUSSIA AND THE CIS [RU-NEWS]:

TOP NEWS:

* Georgia halts protests, accuses Russia [ID:nANT638904]

* Still no joint BRIC candidate for IMF-Russia [ID:nLDE74P261]

COMPANIES/MARKETS:

* LUKOIL's profits boosted by price rise [ID:nLDE74P0YL]

* Tax payments, oil push rouble up 1 pct vs dlr [ID:nLDE74P1PU]

* TNK-BP eyes Brazil oil, gas; may pay $1 bln [ID:nLDE74P0AJ]

* Yandex backer Baring Vostok plans new fund [ID:nLDE74O0R0]

* MTS Q1 net income falls 16 pct [ID:nLDE74P177]

* X5 earnings beats forecast, shares jump [ID:nLDE74P06E]

* Pharmacy 36.6 cuts year loss, Q1 sales jump [ID:nLDE74P1QW]

ECONOMY/POLITICS:

* Russia c.bank says no hurry to hike rates [ID:nLDE74P0WG]

* Russia to curb spending growth, payroll taxes [ID:nLDE74P14V]

* Russia's April GDP growth at 3.3 pct y/y [ID:nMSC000213]

* Russian gold/fx reserves rise to $516.8 bln [ID:nMOS007706]

* Russia sells 250 mln rbls OBR, yield 3.6 pct [ID:nLDE74P1NF]

ENERGY:

* Russia's domestic oil prices at 2011 lows [ID:nLDE74P1GK]



* Gazprom, Japan to invest $7 bln in LNG plant [ID:nLDE74P0LF]

* Bashneft to spend $1.2 bln on downstream [ID:nLDE74Q02D]

* SOCAR to buy BP's 1.6 pct in Caspian field [ID:nANT643904]

* Turkmenistan urged to commit gas for Nabucco [ID:nLDE74P156]

COMMODITIES:

* Russia ministry supports grain ban lifting [ID:nLDE74P12F]

* Russia sows 77 pct targeted spring grain area [ID:nLDE74P07L]

* POLL-Russia to harvest 52.7 mln t of wheat [ID:nLDE74P1OE]

* Hot, dry summer seen in some Russian regions [ID:nLDE74P1SL]

* Isolation caps Kazakh export growth potential [ID:nLDE74O18W]

MARKETS CLOSE/LATEST:

RTS .IRTS 1,828.2 +0.54 pct

MSCI Russia .MIRU00000PUS 960.5 +0.40 pct

MSCI Emerging Markets .MSCIEF 1,142.4 +0.80 pct

Russia 30-year EurobondRU011428878= yield: 4.596/4.548 pct

EMBI+ Russia 11EMJ 199 basis points over

Rouble/dollar RUBUTSTN=MCX 28.1108

Rouble/euro EURRUBTN=MCX 40.0800

NYMEX crude CLc1 $100.69 +$0.46

ICE Brent crude LCOc1 $115.20 +$0.15

For Russian bank balances see CBDEPOS

For Russian company news, double click on [E-RU]

Treasury news [M-RU] Corporate debt [D-RU]

Russian stocks [.ME] Russia country guide RUSSIA

All Russian news [RU] Scrolling stocks news [STXNEWS/EU]

Emerging markets top news [TOP/EMRG]

Top deals [TOP/DEALS] European companies [TOP/EQE]

May 27, 2011 12:08



Investment funds with focus on Russia, CIS see $261 mln inflow in latest week


http://www.interfax.com/newsinf.asp?id=247143
MOSCOW. May 27 (Interfax) - The outflow of capital to funds that invest in Russia and the CIS totaled $261 million in the seven-day period ending May 25, compared with an outflow of $353 million in the preceding week, according to data from Emerging Portfolio Fund Research (EPFR).

However, there has been a net inflow in the year so far totaling $3.815 billion.

The outflow in the latest week is the result of lower commodity prices and greater uncertainty on global markets. "Investors have pulled $614 million out of the Russian funds in the last two weeks, of which ETF [Exchange Traded Funds] accounted for 92%. The main risk factor for the Russian market is that of the $4.4 billion invested in Russia in the first four months of the current year, $2.9 billion was received via ETF. A large portion of that ETF money represents a bet that oil prices will stay high. If oil prices drop more substantially, another $2.3 billion in ETF money is at risk," Uralsib said in a note to investors.

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(Our editorial staff can be reached at eng.editors@interfax.ru)




Rosatom Wants to Renew Siemens Partnership, FT Deutschland Says


http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-05-27/rosatom-wants-to-renew-siemens-partnership-ft-deutschland-says.html
By Sheenagh Matthews - May 27, 2011 9:31 AM GMT+0200

Rosatom Corp. wants to revive ties to Siemens AG (SIE) even after the German engineer signaled a strategy shift, Financial Times Deutschland reported, citing Nikolai Spassky, deputy chief of the Russian nuclear company.

Rosatom wants to “hold serious talks to renew the level of our partnership” with Munich-based Siemens, which could deliver technology and factory parts, the German newspaper cited Spassky as saying.

Siemens has said it will discuss with its Russian partner the implications of an arbitration tribunal decision forcing the German company to pay France’s Areva SA 648 million euros ($923 million) following its exit from a nuclear joint venture. Talks will “take into account the events in Japan and the worldwide market environment as well as the social and political aspects,” Alfons Benzinger, a Siemens spokesman, said in an e- mail May 23.

To contact the reporter on this story: Sheenagh Matthews in Frankfurt at smatthews6@bloomberg.net


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