PRAGUE, June 13 (Reuters) - Here are news stories, press reports and events to watch which may affect Czech financial markets on Thursday. 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========================= EU: The leaders of Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and the Czech Republic will discuss in Budapest on Thursday potential candidates for top jobs in the European Union coming up for grabs shortly, in a sign of regional coordination by the so-called Visegrad Four. DRAGHI ON CEE: Central European economies may be more vulnerable to a global trade war given their high reliance on foreign trade and particular focus on single industries, such as car manufacturing, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said on Wednesday. SKODA: Global deliveries for Skoda Auto, part of the Volkswagen group, dropped by 6.6% to 104,900 vehicles in May, pulled down by a weaker overall market in China, its biggest sales destination, the company said on Wednesday. CEE MARKETS: Central European currencies and stocks mostly fell as risk aversion increased amid the threat of the U.S.-China trade war and the dollar regained some ground after U.S. inflation data. EUROPE POWER: Rising generation supply and falling demand weighed on European spot electricity prices on Wednesday, while those on the forward curve eased along with losses in related fuels and carbon. ---------------------- MARKET SNAPSHOT ------------------------ Index/Crown Currency Latest Prev Pct change Pct change close on day in 2019 vs Euro 25.584 25.581 -0.01 0.44 vs Dollar 22.641 22.665 0.11 -1.01 Czech Equities 1,051.99 1,051.99 -0.93 6.63 U.S. Equities 26,004.83 26,048.51 -0.17 11.48 Pvs close or current levels vs prior domestic close at 1500 GMT ==========================PRESS DIGEST========================== M&A: Internet retailer Mall Group will spin off its price comparison web portal Heureka for 7.5 billion crowns ($331.33 million) to one or all Mall's shareholders. Mall is owned by richest Czech businessman Petr Kellner's PPF, investors Daniel Kretinsky and Patrik Tkac, and Rockaway finance group. The newspaper said one of the shareholders or a combination of two or all Mall owners could buy Heureka, which operates in nine European countries. Mall, whose turnover reached 16 billion crowns last year, will use proceeds for expansion. Hospodarske Noviny, page 1 PROTESTS: Protests calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Andrej Babis and his justice minister due to conflict of interest allegations and an ongoing fraud case are not planned in the summer months but will continue after that, the newspaper reported. The next protest is set for June 23 and could surpass an estimated 120,000 participants seen last week. One more protest after that could take place before July, according to city hall filings, although organizsers have not confirmed the plan. Babis, the country's second richest person, is facing a criminal investigation into whether he received illegally an EU subsidy while in business a decade ago as well as a European Commission audit into potential conflicts of interest. He denies wrongdoing and has said he would not quit. Hospodarske Noviny, page 3 (Reuters has not verified the stories, nor does it vouch for their accuracy.) Prague Newsroom: +420 224 190 477 E-mail: email@example.com ($1 = 22.6360 Czech crowns) (Reporting by Prague Newsroom)
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