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News: Monday, July 25, 2016 -- Issue 2542 http://www.newsline.kz/rss/

Article of the Day

New Astana railway station to open in March 2017
    A new green technology railway station will open in Astana in March 2017, Kazinform learnt from 24.kz.
    More than 6,000 workers are employed in the project.
    The building will be equipped with energy efficient elevators, escalators and heat exchangers.
    Trains will arrive in the complex building.
    “The old station had a capacity of 4.6 million passengers per year, while real capacity today is 6.7 million. The new project is designed to serve up to 12.7 million people per annum,” Bagzat Rakhimzhanov, an official from NC Kazakhstan Temir Zholy says.
    “The new project fully meets modern requirements. The trains will arrive on the third floor of the building. 2-story closed parking-lots will be opened under the pathways. Passengers will be able to arrive at the station with their own cars or by public transportation. Booking offices will be located on the first and fourth floors,” according to Deputy Director for Overhaul Construction at Sembol JSC, Suleiman Yilmaz says, according to Kazinform.

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Kazakhstan General

Massimov talks on phone with Uzbek counterpart
    Prime Minister Karim Massimov has spoken on the telephone with his Uzbek counterpart, Shavkat Mirziyoyev.
    "I had a telephone talk with Prime Minister of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev," ...
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Climber who died in Almaty Oblast airlifted to Taldykorgan
    A tourist climber who was killed in the Dzungarian Alatau mountains in the Almaty Oblast on Saturday.
    According to reports, the man from Karaganda Oblast participated in ...
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Tracking down origins of 1889 Kazakh Chilik Quake
    By Sarah Stanley
    New fieldwork and satellite data suggest that three faults may have caused a large earthquake near Almaty, Kazakhstan, more than a century ago.
    On 11 ...
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Oil and Gas Sector

Kazakhstan moving toward becoming top 10 oil producer
    By Jonathan Hoogendoorn
    Recently, a group of oil companies led by Chevron announced a $36.8 billion investment deal for the development of Kazakhstan’s Tengiz oil field. The ...
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KMG puts Euro-Asia Air unit up for sale
    KazMunaiGas (KMG), the state-owned oil and gas company of Kazakhstan, has placed its Euro-Asia Air (6Z, Atyrau) unit up for sale.
    The Kazakh sovereign wealth fund, Samruk ...
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OMV Petrom SA vs Glencore international AG
    The British Court of Appeal on Friday handed down judgment dismissing Glencore's appeal against the c. $100 million damages ,interest and costs for deceit awarded by ...
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Chevron - sell after the recent uptick
    Summary
    Chevron has had impressive equity performance recently despite the continued oil crash and the company's high negative cash flow.
    The company's high capex which should start to ...
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Ecuador pays $112 million award to Chevron
    By Joseph R Fonseca and Alexandra Valencia
    Ecuador has paid $112 million to energy company Chevron Corp over a four-decade-old contract dispute, even though it remains in ...
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Chevron wants to stop monitoring Red Butte Creek 6 years after spill
    By Amy Joi O'Donoghue
    Six years after a ruptured pipeline sent 800 barrels of oil into Red Butte Creek, Chevron says the creek is as clean as ...
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Lloyds, Royal Dutch Shell among UK bargains now
    By Lawrence C. Strauss
    It’s been one month since the stunning Brexit referendum, in which voters decided that the United Kingdom will leave the European Union. The ...
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Finance and Investment

WB forecasts slow recovery for Kazakh economy
    By Elena Kosolapova
    The World Bank is forecasting a slow recovery for Kazakhstan economy, the bank’s report called — Kazakhstan: A Long Road to Recovery, published on ...
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Kazkommertsbank to buy Belarusian bank
    By Elena Kosolapova
    Kazkommertsbank plans to purchase 50 percent of the ordinary shares in the Belarusian BTA Bank.
    Kazakhstan’s antimonopoly committee has granted permission for the deal, Kazakh ...
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US dollar most popular foreign currency in Kazakhstan
    By Elena Kosolapova
    The US dollar remains the most popular foreign currency in Kazakhstan.
    Exchange offices in the country bought $578.21 million in US dollars and sold $552.53 ...
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Kazakhstan to create a new agricultural investment fund
    Kazakhstan’s KazAgro national agricultural holding will set up an Agricultural Investment Fund by the end of 2016 designed to intensify the attraction of direct investments into ...
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Kazakh agricultural sector waiting for investors
    Benefits, profitable projects, a good location, and free niches make Kazakhstan’s agriculture sector and food industry attractive for foreign investment, Managing Director of Kazakhstan’s KazNex Invest ...
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Fitch applies criteria changes to Kazakh ratings
    The Short-Term Foreign Currency (STFC) IDR has been affirmed at 'F2' and a new Short-Term Local Currency (STLC) IDR of 'F2' has been assigned. Under EU ...
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Some safe havens becoming danger zones - JPM
    By Brian Price
    As stocks and gold continue to climb in 2016, one of Wall Street's largest firms has a clear message for investors: There could be ...
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Metals and Minerals

How analysts rated KAZ Minerals Plc last week
    Clifton Ray
    Out of 20 analysts covering Kaz Minerals Plc (LON:KAZ), 2 rate it a “Buy”, 8 “Sell”, while 10 “Hold”.
    This means 10% are positive.
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Communications and Transportation

Air Astana extends pan-Asia-Europe connections
    Kazakhstan flag carrier Air Astana plans to boost its connecting traffic between Asia and Eastern Europe by up 24,000 passengers by the end of 2017, following ...
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Sports

Almaty unveils 3,000 seat ice rink
    Almaty Akim Bauyrzhan Baybek on Sunday presented the 3,000 seat ice rink at the Ice Arena, to be used for the 2017 Winter Universiade.
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Regional News

US fears over Donald Trump's connections with Putin's Russia
    By Chris Zappone
    Fears Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump may be pursuing a Russian agenda with his candidacy have triggered a wave of alarm in the US.
    A ...
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Kerry's Syria plan with Russia faces deep skepticism in US, abroad
    By Yara Bayoumy, Jonathan Landay and John Walcott
    Skeptics in the US government, European allies in the anti-Islamic State coalition and the main Syrian opposition, distrustful of ...
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Study says Russia could 'invade Poland overnight'
    A new study has warned Russia could invade Poland “overnight” at any time and NATO forces must be prepared to respond.
    The aggressive foreign policy of a ...
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Chinese banks test new SME lending strategy
    Traditional banks today face competition from alternative nonbank lenders, but in China, analysts say there is a new trend emerging among financial institutions themselves.
    Bankers in the ...
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Ukraine conflict with Russian-backed rebels gets deadlier
    A spokesman for Ukraine's military operation against separatist rebels in the country's east says six soldiers have been killed over the past day.
    The statement by Oleksander ...
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Jitters In Ukraine as politically-charged religious processions approach Kyiv
    By Christopher Miller
    Two religious processions converging on Kyiv have Ukrainian authorities warning that provocations could spark violence in the capital.
    The All-Ukrainian Procession of the Cross for ...
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Ukraine-US Sea Breeze 2016 drills start active phase
    This year, the Sea-Breeze military exercises are said to be the largest in the entire range of joint Ukrainian-US naval maneuvers
    Odessa held the opening ceremony launching ...
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Prices and Statistics

Commodities
    

Date: July 25, 2016; Source: Bloomberg.com

Index Units Price Change %Change Contract Time (EDT) 2 Day
USD/bbl. 44.26 +0.07 +0.16% Sep 2016 1:16 AM
USD/bbl. 45.74 +0.05 +0.11% Sep 2016 1:15 AM
USd/gal. 136.00 -0.15 -0.11% Aug 2016 1:13 AM
USD/MMBtu 2.80 +0.02 +0.83% Aug 2016 1:05 AM
USd/gal. 135.98 +0.28 +0.21% Aug 2016 1:13 AM
 
Index Units Price Change %Change Contract Time (EDT) 2 Day
USD/t oz. 1,317.10 -6.30 -0.48% Dec 2016 1:15 AM
USD/t oz. 1,318.62 -4.11 -0.31% N/A 1:25 AM
USD/t oz. 19.53 -0.16 -0.83% Sep 2016 1:13 AM
USd/lb. 223.80 +0.25 +0.11% Sep 2016 1:13 AM
USD/t oz. 1,074.35 -7.74 -0.72% N/A 1:25 AM
Index Units Price Change %Change Contract Time (EDT) 2 Day
USd/bu. 340.75 -1.00 -0.29% Dec 2016 1:13 AM
USd/bu. 427.75 +2.50 +0.59% Sep 2016 1:10 AM
USD/MT 2,886.00 -16.00 -0.55% Sep 2016 7/22/2016
USd/lb. 71.82 -0.86 -1.18% Dec 2016 1:12 AM
USd/lb. 108.08 +2.38 +2.25% Oct 2016 7/22/2016
 

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Exchange Rates
    

Date: July 25, 2016; Source: the National Bank of Kazakhstan

1 USD KZT 341.51 1 CHF

KZT 346.61

1 CNY

KZT 51.19

1 TRY KZT 111.74 1 JPY KZT 3.22
1 EUR

KZT 376.55

1 AUD

KZT 255.21

1 KGS KZT 5.09 100 UZS KZT 11.58 100 BYN KZT 172.39
1 GBP KZT 447.96 1 CAD KZT 260.32 1 RUB KZT 5.3 100 KRW KZT 30.06 1 UAH KZT 13.77

 

 

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