PRAGUE, Aug 3 (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 + 2 hours) =========================ECONOMIC DATA========================== 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: here ============================NEWS/EVENTS========================= HIKE: The Czech central bank raised its benchmark interest rate for a third time this year on Thursday and held out the possibility of another increase soon as it seeks to corral inflation in the strong economy and compensate for a weak currency. INSIGHT: Leaders tend to rein in generous election promises once they come to power; few tour the country adding more, as Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis has been doing. CEE MARKETS: The Czech crown touched a 10-week high against the euro before the country's central bank meeting on Thursday, when it is expected to raise interest rates again to fight inflation ---------------------- MARKET SNAPSHOT ------------------------ Index/Crown Currency Latest Prev Pct change Pct change close on day in 2018 vs Euro 25.671 25.541 -0.51 -0.56 vs Dollar 22.16 21.704 -2.1 -4.15 Czech Equities 1,089.09 1,089.09 -0.04 1.01 U.S. Equities 25,326.16 25,333.82 -0.03 2.46 Pvs close or current levels vs prior domestic close at 1500 GMT ====================== PRESS DIGEST =========================== ARMY TENDER: The Czech Defence Ministry is going to launch a tender for 210 infantry armed carriers worth an estimated 53 billion crowns ($2.39 billion) around September, Defence Minister Lubomir Metnar said. Previously, when testing the market, three manufacturers prsedented their vehicles: Great Britain's BAE Systems, U.S. General Dynamics and Germany's Rheinmetal. Pravo, page 1 (Reuters has not verified the stories, nor does it vouch for their accuracy.) Prague Newsroom: +420 224 190 477 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ($1 = 22.1460 Czech crowns) (Reporting by Prague Newsroom)
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