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News: Friday, February 10, 2012 -- Issue 1456 http://www.newsline.kz/rss/

Kazakhstan General

Nazarbayev, Merkel discussed topical issues of bilateral coop and int’l policy
    By Marlan Zhiembay
    During his meeting with Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel, President Nursultan Nazarbayev discussed a variety of topical bilateral cooperation and international policy issues. ...
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Labor Minister and Head of OSCE Center in Astana meet
    Yesterday, Minister of Labor and Social Protection, Chairman of the National Commission for Women Affairs, Family and Demographic Policy under the Kazakh President Gulshara Abdykalikova held ...
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Oil and Gas Sector

BG to Sell $5 Billion in Assets as Net Gains on LNG Demand
    By Eduard Gismatullin
    BG Group Plc, the U.K.’s third- largest natural-gas producer, plans to sell $5 billion of assets in the next two years to maintain investment ...
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Roxi Petroleum provides update on BNG well 136
    Roxi Petroleum, the Central Asian oil and gas company with a focus on Kazakhstan, provide update the market with regard to BNG well 136.
    The well, which ...
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Max Petroleum presents technical update on its operations in Kazakhstan's pre-salt
    By F. Busquet
    The most productive oil reservoirs in the pre-Caspian Basin are all in ancient coral reefs. These reefs grew in warm shallow tropical seas, ...
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Oil below $100 amid signs of improving US economy
    By Alex Kennedy
    Oil prices hovered below $100 a barrel Friday in Asia as encouraging news about the U.S. economy was tempered by European demands for Greece ...
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US gas - futures gain on hopes of further output cuts
    By Jerry A. DiColo
    Natural-gas futures rose Thursday as the possibility of additional production cuts overshadowed a U.S. government report showing a smaller-than-average drop in weekly ...
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Finance and Investment

Almaty Oblast gains KZT 371 billion in investment last year
    Last year, the Almaty Oblast gained KZT 371 billion in investments (114% of the target amount), First Deputy Oblast Akim Amandyk Batalov said.
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Astana Akim holds reporting meeting
    Astana’s success lies in its rapid development. This dynamic is what differs it from ordinary municipalities, said Astana Akim Imangali Tasmagambetov at Thursday’s reporting meeting.
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President Nazarbayev calls on German entrepreneurs to get involved in Kazakhstan’s development
    At a business dinner, Kazakhstan’s President Nazarbayev has called on entrepreneurs from Germany to become actively involved in Kazakhstan’s development.
    According to the president, Kazakhstan is ready ...
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Kazakhstan and Germany sign about fifty commercial contracts for several billion euros - president
    President Nursultan Nazarbayev held a briefing for journalists dedicated to achievements in the development of Kazakh-German cooperation, according to a presidential press message.
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Kazakh-German prospects very high - Horst Kohler
    As part of his official visit to Germany, President Nursultan Nazarbayev met with former Federal President of Germany Horst Kohler, a presidential press statement reported.
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BTA Bank says its corporate website and Internet-banking system unstable due to DDOS-attacks
    BTA Bank JSC has reported that its corporate site continues to suffer DDOS-attacks, and the site and internet-banking systems remain unstable.
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Kazakhstan’s railway monopoly says profit advanced 45% last year
    By Svetlana Antoncheva
    AO Kazakhstan Temir Zholy National Co., the state-owned railroad monopoly, said net income climbed 45 percent last year as transit shipments increased and the ...
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GRANTUM Pension Fund releases 2011 operating results
    As of January 1, 2012 GRANTUM Pension Fund (a Kazkommertsbank subsidiary) became one of the fastest growing pension funds and over the last three years it ...
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Metals and Minerals

Alhambra announces NI 43-101 maiden resource estimate for Dombraly mine
    Visor Capital has reported Alhambra Resources announced it has received the results for an initial independent NI 43-101 maiden gold resource estimate for its Dombraly mine. ...
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Central Asia Resources in $2 million placement to ramp up gold processing in Kazakhstan
    By John Phillips
    Central Asia Resources has received a major vote of confidence in the company’s pending gold processing operations, and has received placement commitments to raise ...
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Trade and Consumer Goods

Kazakhstan seeks to rebuild beef production
    By Alexandra Babkina
    Kazakhstan has resolved to become a meat export power by the year 2020. Currently, the country cannot boast that it has "surplus" beef for ...
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Real Estate

Astana opens about 5 million square meters of housing in coming years
    About 5 million square meters of housing will be opened in Astana over the next three years, Astana Akim Imangali Tasmagambetov told a meeting with residents ...
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Tourism

British company to attract investors in Kazakhstan’s tourism sphere
    By T. Nurmagambetov
    The British Burlington company has offered the city of Almaty its services to attract investors into tourism and sports, Burlington Senior Partner Deborah ...
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Regional News

EBRD invests a record ˆ2.6 billion in sustainable energy projects in 2011
    The bank boosts its key climate change initiative
    The EBRD achieved a record level of sustainable energy investments in 2011, in a continuing response to the need ...
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Iran paying for grain with gold, oil - traders
    By Valerie Parent and Michael Hogan
    Iran is seeking to close grain purchases using gold and oil as payment, and has paid in yen for a large ...
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Turkmen citizens need political, economic reform
    By Jax Jacobsen
    Turkmenistan is scheduled to hold a presidential “election” on Sunday, in a vote that is expected to return Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov to power. While his ...
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Prices and Statistics

Volume and Share Index by Visor Capital
    Date: February 10, 2012; Source: Visor Capital
Volume and Share Index

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Market Movers by Visor Capital
    Date: February 10, 2012; Source: Visor Capital Market Movers

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Oil and Gas Prices
    Date: February 10, 2012; Source: Bloomberg.com
Petroleum ($/bbl)
Price* Change %Change Time
Nymex Crude Future

99.47

-0.37

-0.37

01:46
Dated Brent Spot 118.03 -0.62

-0.52

01:57
WTI Cushing Spot

99.84

1.13

1.14

02/09
Petroleum (cent/gal)
Price* Change %Change Time
Nymex Heating Oil Future

320.97

0.12

0.04

01:45

Nymex RBOB Gasoline Future

300.69

-0.59 -0.20 01:36
Natural gas ($/MMBtu)
Price* Change %Change Time
Nymex Henry Hub Future 2.47 -0.01 -0.48 01:47
Henry Hub Spot 2.50 0.01 0.40 02/09
New York City Gate Spot

2.80

0.01

0.36

02/09

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Commodities
    Date: February 10, 2012; Source: Bloomberg.com
Commodity Price Change %Change Time
COPPER FUTURE (USd/lb.) 394.150 -3.700 -0.93 01:49
GOLD 100 OZ FUTR (USD/t oz.)

1,732.500

-8.700

-0.50

01:48
SILVER FUTURE (USD/t oz.) 33.860

-0.057

-0.17

01:48

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Metal Prices
    Date: February 10, 2012; Source: Kitco.com
Silver 33.89 -0.01
Platinum 1648.00

-8.00

Palladium

706.00

-3.00

Rhodium 1,500.00

+25.00

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Exchange rates
    Date: February 10, 2012; Source: the National Bank of Kazakhstan
1 USD KZT 148.49 1 CHF KZT 163.21 1 CNY KZT 23.59 1 TRY KZT 85.03 10 JPY KZT 1.92
1 EUR KZT 197.46 1 AUD KZT 160.52 1 KGS KZT 3.17 1 UZS KZT 0.08
1 GBP KZT 235.21 1 CAD KZT 149.24 1 RUB KZT 4.99 1 KRW KZT 13.32

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