EasyBourse: Putin Raises 2009 Inflation Forecast To 9.6% From 8%
MOSCOW -(Dow Jones)- Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said the country would see inflation of around 9.6% in 2009, one of the lowest readings on record but a change from his earlier forecast of just over 8% on the year.
"Judging by the current situation, inflation for 2009 will fall significantly to somewhere around 9.6%," Putin told a congress of the United Russia party at the weekend.
Consumer prices edged up in the first two weeks of November after staying flat for a record three months, putting Russia's inflation at 8.3% from January through mid-November, compared to 12% for the same period last year.
Putin had earlier predicted inflation of just over 8% for 2009, which would have been a post-Soviet low. His new forecast is in line with central bank officials, who have said inflation would come in between 9% and 10% for 2009.
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Publié le 23 novembre 2009
Russia Today: Putin’s United Russia address puts economy in focus
23 November, 2009, 10:14
The economy was central to Russian Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin’s, St Petersburg address to 600 delegates of United Russia, as he noted pressing issues remain.
Putin said the government had successfully contained the economic downturn, with unemployment down from its February peak. But he acknowledged that inflation remains a problem although it has been improving it, and that the economic contraction has less than expected.
“At the end of the year our GDP decline won’t be as big as we had assumed earlier. We thought it would be 10 %, but it will be lower – around 8 to 8.5%. But that’s still too much, more than some other countries. Judging the current inflation situation, in 2009 it will shrink substantially. If last year it was 13%, then this year by the end of the year, it will be around 9.6% and definitely less than 10% which is the best figure since 1992. But that’s still too much and we will continue battling inflation.”
Putin spoke about measures to boost the car industry, power generation and to improve the availability of mortgages. He said the car industry would benefit from three types of support: Subsidy, government orders, and a cash for clunkers scheme, which will pay just under $2000 dollars starting next year.
“Any Russian citizen, who uses a car 10 or more years old, will receive a check for 50 thousand Roubles and will be able to use that money to buy a new car. It doesn’t matter what car he will buy, Russian or foreign, as long as it is assembled in Russia.”
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MOSCOW, Nov 23 (Reuters) - Here are events and news stories that could move Russian markets on Monday.
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Olma: "We expect RTS index may go up in early trade on the heels of oil prices and Asia stock indexes"
Aton: "We expect the market to open higher on the back of rising oil prices"
EVENTS (All times GMT):
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23
MOSCOW - The Adam Smith Conferences to hold an international conference 'Russian Power Finance & Investment' (to Nov. 24). LINK: http://www.adamsmithconferences.com/
MOSCOW - Sergei Shvetsov, a central bank board member, to attend a conference on the impact of the world financial crisis on the banking sector - 0700
MOSCOW - Russia's government to hold a briefing ahead of its meeting on privatization programme
MOSCOW - Promsvyazbank to hold a press conference on the sale of 12 percent of its shares to EBRD
MOSCOW - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to hold a press conference ahead of CIS Summit in Minsk, Belarussia.
IN THE PAPERS:
The government may channel another 15-25 billion euros to revive the country's national automakers while raising the tariffs for car import by 40-80 percent, Vedomosti business paper reports, citing a draft of the programme which the government will discuss soon.
Evgeniy Dodd, CEO of state-controlled power trader Inter RAO , leaves his chair to head a power generating company RusHydro and Yuri Kovalchuk will replace him, Kommersant daily reports.
TOP STORIES IN RUSSIA AND THE CIS: TOP NEWS:
RUSSIAN AUTOMOTIVE GIANTS STRENGTHEN TIES
RUSSIA'S ECON RECOVERY CONTINUES, BUT FRAGILE
VEB TO BUY RUSAL STAKE WITH OWN CASH-FINMIN
RUSSIA'S PUTIN SAYS COMFORTABLE WITH UKRAINE'SPM COMPANIES/MARKETS:
ROUBLE CLOSES AT 10-DAY LOW ON C.BANK REMARKS
PIK BREACHES COVENANTS, TO MAKE LOSS
VEB PREPARED TO FINANCE AVTOVAZ
MOODY'S SEE VTB, SBER LOAN LOSSES AT 16-27 PCT
ILYUSHIN FINANCE MAY SELL 16PCT IN HK
AVTOVAZ SEES IT CAR SALES UP 11 PCT IN 2010
POLYUS GOLD SHAREHOLDERS CANCEL STAKE SALE
SEVERSTAL POSTS STRONG Q3, OUTLOOK IMPROVED ECONOMY/POLITICS:
RUSSIA TAX CHIEF SEES TROUBLE WITH TAXES IN 2010 ENERGY:
AZERI-OWNED PORT TO START CRUDE SHIPMENTS IN '10 COMMODITIES:
ROSNEFT SELLS 200,000 T CRUDE FOR DEC DELIVERY
RTS 1,436.44 -1.02 pct
MSCI Russia 807.90 -1.01 pct
MSCI Emerging Markets 968.45 +0.35 pct
Russia 30-year Eurobond yield: 5.311/5.392 pct
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Stock Markets Review: Russian stock market daily morning report (November 23, 2009, Monday)
By Veles Capital
On the last trading day of the week the RTS index started with positive values. Likely the direction of movement changed to the opposite one. Negative mood dominated at the market against the background of commodity market that was loosing in price, nevertheless, the activity of the players reduced on expectations of the week-end. The open of the European session also went in the negative zone, having that way accelerated the drop of the Russian share market. One of the several shares that closed the day in the positive value was Polyus Gold. The shares of the company added more than 2% in price against the background of the decision of the principal holders not to conduct SPO.
The state plans giving money to AvtoVAZ once again.
The future of AvtoVAZ should be decided this week – in course of the visit of Vladimir Putin to Paris. Renault might gain control over the enterprise with time, but for now the state is deciding whether to give Rostechnologies another 50 bn RUR or not.
- Oneksim and Nafta Moskva decided not to sell the shares of Polyus Gold due to insufficient demand.
Oneksim Group of Mihail Prohorov and Nafta Moskva of Suleyman Kerimov decided not to sell their shares of Polyus Gold at the market due to insufficient demand on behalf of the investors. The holders do not wish to sell less than the announced 5%, but 5% precisely have no buyers within the announced price range of 28-29 USD per depositary note.
- The company Evraz Group refused from the dividends for a long time.
According to the data of Vedomosti, the banks-creditors of Evraz Group agreed on changing the conditions of company’s creditors by 3.64 bn USD. One of the agreement’s terms is the refusal of Evraz Group from paying dividends up until its net debt / EBITDA ratio gets lower than three.
Bloomberg: PIK, Gazprom, AvtoVAZ, MTS, RusHydro: Russian Equity Preview
By Paul Abelsky
Nov. 23 (Bloomberg) -- The following companies may be active in Russian trading. Stock symbols are in parentheses and share prices are from the previous close.
The 30-stock Micex Index declined 0.1 percent to 1,334.15 at the close in Moscow, trimming last week’s gain to 1.8 percent, the third weekly increase. The dollar-denominated RTS Index dropped 1 percent to 1,436.44.
PIK Group (PIK LI) and LSR Group (LSRG LI): Russia’s state development bank Vnesheconombank and the National Welfare Fund will be used to support the mortgage market with 250 billion rubles ($8.6 billion) next year, which should lower rates on mortgages to between 10 and 11 percent in the first quarter, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said.
Moscow-based homebuilder PIK Group, Russia’s biggest property developer by market value, dropped 0.2 percent to $4.15 in London. LSR Group, the St. Petersburg-based developer and maker of building materials, dipped 2.8 percent to $7.
OAO Gazprom (GAZP RX): Poland may not need to buy additional gas from Russia this year as current usage is “low” because of high air temperatures, Maciej Wozniak, an energy adviser to the Polish prime minister, said in Warsaw.
Russia’s natural-gas exporter slid 1.5 percent to 178.07 rubles, the lowest level in two weeks.
OAO AvtoVAZ (AVAZ RX): Renault SA, which owns 25 percent of Russia’s biggest automaker, may boost its stake to 51 percent by 2013 or 2014, said Sergei Chemezov, chief executive officer of AvtoVAZ shareholder Russian Technologies Corp.
AvtoVAZ retreated 1.9 percent, the biggest drop in two weeks, to 16.472 rubles.
OAO Mobile TeleSystems (MBT US): Russia’s largest phone operator, known as MTS, signed an agreement for a credit line of $1.07 billion from Calyon, ING Bank NV, Nordea Bank AB and Raiffeisen Zentralbank Oesterreich AG. The funds are for buying equipment from Ericsson AB and the loan is guaranteed by Swedish export credit agency EKN.
MTS added 0.5 percent to $51.22 in New York.
OAO RusHydro (HYDR RX): OAO Inter RAO UES Chief Executive Officer Yevgeny Dod may replace Vasily Zubakin as head of Russia’s biggest hydropower producer, Interfax said, citing sources it didn’t identify.
RusHydro gained 1.6 percent to 1.153 rubles, the highest since Oct. 14.
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Last Updated: November 22, 2009 21:00 EST
23.11.2009 - AK&M
Atomenergoprom intends to place the bonds
Nov. 25 Atomenergoprom is going to place two issues of the bonds, the company informed.
The 30bn rub. worth primary issue includes 30mln papers of 1ths rub. par.
The expiration date is fixed on Feb. 15, 2014.
Nov. 26 the second issue should be placed in the volume of 30bn rub.
The bonds will be placed through the collection of the bids on the acquisition at the fixed price. The placement agent is Sberbank. Some part of the raised funds will be spent to cover the credits; remained - to finance the invesment programs of subs and Rosatom-held entities.
The Company intends to issue 10 series of the bonds of the 5-year maturity.
The total volume of the issues gains 195bn rub. The 30bn rub. worth issues will be placed on MICEX.
Atomenergoprom is a state company of the full cycle which deals with the desining, building and operation of the atomic power plants, modernization and repair of the nuclear sets, researches in the atomic energy sphere etc.
It covers 89 atomic power entities.
The share capital is worth 3.4bn rub. split in 3.4mln common stocks of 1ths rub. par each. All stocks are held by the state corporation Rosatom. The reserved fund covering 5% of the share capital is under formation now through the annual deductions in the volume of 5% of the net profit up to the fixed amount. It will be used to cover the losses and bonds.
It involves now TVEL (17% of the nuclear fuel world market), Tekhsnabexport (40% of the uranium market), Atomenergomash, Atomredmetzoloto, Energoatom Concern (former Rosenergoatom) involving 10 atomic power plants.
The 2008-revenues gained 290.5bn rub.; in IH the figures reached 146.5bn rub.; net profit 14.4bn rub.