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Sep 16, 2013

Raiffeisen shares drop after raised bad debt estimate

VIENNA, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Raiffeisen Bank International
shares dropped on Monday after emerging Europe’s
second-biggest lender raised its forecast for bad loan
provisions by as much as a fifth, heightening concern about its
emerging markets exposure.

“This is a profit warning in our view,” Berenberg Bank
analyst Eleni Papoula told clients, keeping her “sell” rating
and 12 euro share price target – half the current level – on
expectations of a dilutive share issue from the lender.

Sep 16, 2013

Bank Austria plays down emerging market concerns

VIENNA, Sept 16 (Reuters) – UniCredit Bank Austria
said its business was largely unaffected by market turmoil in
Turkey and Slovenia as investors fled from high-yield assets in
anticipation of the U.S. Federal Reserve scaling back its
stimulus package.

Turkey, which relies on foreign capital to give it the hard
currency it needs to buy oil and other imports, has been hit
particularly hard in recent weeks as investors began to withdraw
much of the cheap dollar funding poured into the U.S. banking
system by the Fed.

Sep 12, 2013

Austrian central bank denies report on Hypo capital

VIENNA, Sept 12 (Reuters) – Austria’s central bank denied a
report on Thursday that it believed nationalised bank Hypo Alpe
Adria could need as much as 17 billion euros ($23
billion) in fresh state aid.

Der Standard newspaper had reported the figure as a
worst-case scenario, saying this came from an internal central
bank (OeNB) report on the troubled lender, which has already
received more than 3 billion euros from the government.

Sep 3, 2013

Hypo bank sell-off may cost Austria up to $7.1 bln more

VIENNA/BRUSSELS, Sept 3 (Reuters) – Selling off bailed-out
Hypo Alpe Adria bank may cost Austrian taxpayers up
to 5.4 billion euros ($7.1 billion) in fresh capital by 2017
under a plan approved on Tuesday by the European Commission,
Austrian finance ministry officials said.

Brussels’ blessing ends years of wrangling with Vienna over
cleaning up Hypo, which Austria had to nationalise in 2009 to
avoid a collapse that would have sent shock waves through
fragile financial markets across Europe.

Sep 2, 2013

Hypo Alpe Adria revamp plan gains EU approval – sources

VIENNA, Sept 2 (Reuters) – The European Commission has
conditionally approved the Austrian government’s reorganisation
plan for nationalised lender Hypo Alpe Adria, paving
the way for the bank to receive more state aid, three Austrian
sources close to the matter said.

The approval covers the bank’s plan to sell its Balkans
banking network by 2015 and wind down an Italian unit while
relying on state support. It has already agreed the sale of its
Austrian unit in a deal set to close this year.

Aug 30, 2013

EU ruling on Hypo Alpe aid decision due next week-sources

ALPBACH, Austria, Aug 30 (Reuters) – The European Commission
is expected to decide next week whether nationalised Austrian
lender Hypo Alpe Adria can accept the state aid that is keeping
it afloat, sources close to the matter told Reuters.

The Commission will decide on a revised reorganisation plan
for the lender, which has received nearly 3 billion euros ($4
billion) in actual or pledged state funds including 700 million
to cover first-half losses.

Aug 29, 2013

Forward guidance is providing some security to markets- ECB’s Nowotny

ALPBACH, Austria, Aug 29 (Reuters) – Major central banks’
reassurances that interest rates will stay low for some time are
giving markets “a certain security”, a European Central Bank
policymaker said on Thursday.

Another European official, however, warned against
complacency and said it was too soon to say the euro zone crisis
was over.

Aug 29, 2013

EU’s Rehn sees European recovery strengthening in 2014

ALPBACH, Austria (Reuters) – The fragile European economic recovery seen in the second quarter should continue into next year and become more solid, the European Commission’s top economics official told Reuters on Thursday.

Olli Rehn said greater fiscal credibility in euro zone countries, action by the European Central Bank to stabilize markets and better economic governance had all strengthened the currency bloc’s ability to withstand political shocks.

Aug 29, 2013

Central banks assuring markets with low rates guidance: ECB’s Nowotny

ALPBACH, Austria (Reuters) – Major central banks’ reassurances that interest rates will stay low for some time are giving markets “a certain security”, a European Central Bank policymaker said on Thursday.

Another European official, however, warned against complacency and said it was too soon to say the euro zone crisis was over.

Aug 28, 2013

Austria’s Fekter takes hard line on more Greek aid

ALPBACH, Austria (Reuters) – Greece must meet terms of its existing international bailout before it can hope for any more external aid, Austrian Finance Minister Maria Fekter said on Wednesday, taking a hard line before Austrian national elections next month.

“Before it comes to additional help, I will surely demand compliance with the (existing programme’s) terms,” she told Reuters in an interview.

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      "Mike has worked for Reuters for two decades and reported from more than a dozen countries on business and general news. His beats have included covering the European automotive industry, business news from Switzerland, German defense and security policy, and Hungary's transition to a market democracy after the collapse of communism in eastern Europe"
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