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News: Friday, August 03, 2012 -- Issue 1573 http://www.newsline.kz/rss/

Kazakhstan General

Astana to host international conference on nuclear disarmament
    An international conference From the nuclear test ban to a world free of nuclear weapons, which brings together parliamentarians from around the world will be held ...
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Ñhina says Kazakhstan's gold medalist is actually from China
    By Richard Orange
    Zulfiya Chinshanlo triumphed at women's weightlifting at the Olympics, but her nationality is disputed.
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Oil and Gas Sector

New CEO of Asian Gas Pipeline appointed
    By D. Mukhtarov
    A new CEO of The Asian Pipeline is appointed in Kazakhstan, Kazakh national company KazTransGas said on Friday.
    "Shayakhmetov Beimbeta appointed CEO of the partnership ...
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Jupiter sees conversion of US$3.45m SNG notes to 8.2m shares
    Jupiter Energy this morning announced that the US$3.45m of convertible notes held by Soyuzneftegas Capital Limited (SNG) have been converted at US$0.41 (AUD0.40) into ordinary shares ...
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Aktau seaport reduces cargo transshipment by 4.5% in January-July
    The Aktau International Seaport handled 6.73 mln tons of dry and oil cargoes in January-July 2012, which was 4.5% less than during the same period of ...
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Kazakhstani oil export drop 6.5% in H1
    The export of crude oil and gas condensate decreased by 605% in H1 2012 to 34.6 mln tons, the Customs Control Committee under the Ministry of ...
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CPC decreases oil export by 6.2% in January – July
    Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC) exported 17.8 mln tons of oil in January-July, an amount that was 6.2% less than during the same period of 2011, a ...
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Finance and Investment

Kazakh refinance rate cut to 5.5%
    The National Bank of Kazakhstan has lowered the refinance rate to 5.5% from 6 of August 2012.
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S&P revises outlook for KKB to negative from stable
    S&P announced yesterday that it has revised its outlook for Kazkommertsbank to negative from stable. The 'B+' long-term and 'B' short-term counterparty credit ratings were affirmed.
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Metals and Minerals

KazKhrom decreases ferrochrome production by 2.8% in 2nd quarter
    KazKhrom produced 278 thousand of ferrochrome in the second quarter of the year -- 2.8% less than in same period of 2011, KazTag reports.
    Chrome ore ...
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Frontera Resources provides business update
    Frontera Resources yesterday announced a business update. Three rigs are currently in operation at Mirzaani Field, Mtsare Khevi Field and Taribani Field to maintain and enhance ...
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Kentor Gold announces production results for Q2 2012
    Kentor Gold yesterday announced production results for 2Q2012.
    The company released drilling results at the Australian assets: The Jervois project is strengthening and could become Kentor’s ...
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Centerra Gold announces weak 2Q2012 results
    Centerra Gold announced its 2Q2012 results last night after close of Canadian trading. The company reported a net loss of US$54.6m or US$0.23/share against 2Q2010 results ...
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Ust-Kamenogorsk Titan-Magnesium Plant net profit jumps 1.8 times in H1
    The Ust-Kamenogorsk Titan-Magnesium Plant’s net profit increased to 2.498 bln tenge in H1 2012, which was 1.8 times more than the same period of 2011, the ...
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ENRC ups extraction of certain ores in Q1 2012
    By E. Kosolapova
    Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation PLC (ENRC) has increased its extraction of certain ores in the first half of 2012 compared to the same period ...
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Copper export rises by 52.1% to 186 thousand tons in H1
    Kazakhstan’s export of refine copper and untreated copper alloys rose by 52.1% to 186 thousand tons in H1 of the current year, the Customs Control Committee ...
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ENRC gets Frontier mining license
    Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation said its subsidiary Frontier Sprl has been granted a mining license for its Frontier copper mine in the Democratic Republic of the ...
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Silver exports shoot up by 67.3% to 424.5 tons in H1
    Kazakhstan’s silver exports increased by 67.3% to 424.5 tons in H1 of the current year the Customs Control Committee states.
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ArcelorMittal Temirtau fined for environmental damage
    ArcelorMittal Temirtau and Central Asia Cement have been fined over 57 million tenge ($380 thousand) for environmental damage, Tengrinews.kz reports citing the Temirtau Prosecutor's Office.
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Trade and Consumer Goods

Kazakhstan to develop national export strategy
    A national export strategy is proposed to be developed in Kazakhstan to strengthen competitiveness of domestic enterprises, Deputy Chairman of the Board of "Kaznex Invest" National ...
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Communications and Transportation

EDB to provide $56 million on construction of carriage repair complex in Kazakhstan
    Eurasian Development Bank (EDB) will provide $56 million for the construction of a new carriage repair complex in Kazakhstan, the bank reported on Thurrsday.
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EDB lends 10 bln tenge for Alstom locomotives in Kazakhstan
    EDB will allocate 10 bln tenge loan for a electric locomotives project in Kazakhstan, a press message from the bank reads.
    “Yesterday, the EDB signed a facility ...
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Kazakhstan Temir Zholy increases goods traffic by 6.8% in H1
    Goods traffic shipped by Kazakhstan Temir Zholy totaled 143.5 tons in H1, which was 6.8% more than during the same period of 2011, a press message ...
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People and Professional Development

ATF Bank appoints Abdugaliev to Management Board
    A protocol issued from ATF that was published on the KASE has announced an addition to its Management Board.
    “The Board of Directors has made the following ...
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Regional News

Samara Region makes additional bond offering to a total of 3.457 bln RUB with 9.3% yield
    On August 2 an additional placement of the Samara Region’s series 35008 bonds was made on the MICEX Stock Exchange. The volume of the additional placement ...
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Caspian Oil and Gas intends to cease operations in Kyrgyz Republic
    Caspian Oil & Gas announced its 2Q2012 activities report. The company’s Mailisu III #6 well is currently producing 10bopd, with a production start in late May ...
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Kyrgyz extremism remains a concern
    By Sanzhar Sharipov
    The Kyrgyz extremist situation remains challenging, the Interior Ministry (MVD) press office said July 31 after police reviewed their achievements in the first half ...
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Turkey to build $7.5M bread factory in Kyrgyzstan
    Turkey will invest further in the Kyrgyz economy and build a bread factory worth $7.5 million, the mayor of Bishkek told reporters today.
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Uzbeks block text messaging on exam day
    Uzbek authorities August 1 blocked text messaging and mobile internet use nationwide during nationwide university entrance exams from 8.30am to 1.30 pm, Uzmetronom reported.
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Prices and Statistics

Volume and Share Index by Visor Capital
    Date: August 3, 2012; Source: Visor Capital
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Market Movers by Visor Capital
    Date: August 3, 2012; Source: Visor Capital Market Movers

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Oil and Gas Prices
    Date: August 3, 2012; Source: Bloomberg.com
Petroleum ($/bbl)
Price* Change %Change Time
Nymex Crude Future

87.63

0.50

0.57

01:48
Dated Brent Spot 106.77 0.38

0.36

01:59
WTI Cushing Spot 87.13

-1.78

-2.00

08/02
Petroleum (cent/gal)
Price* Change %Change Time
Nymex Heating Oil Future

284.95

0.72

0.25

01:25

Nymex RBOB Gasoline Future

287.18

0.22 0.08 01:27
Natural gas ($/MMBtu)
Price* Change %Change Time
Nymex Henry Hub Future 2.92 0.00 -0.14 01:50
Henry Hub Spot 3.15 -0.05 -1.56 08/02
New York City Gate Spot

3.41

-0.06

-1.73

08/02

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Commodities
    Date: August 3, 2012; Source: Bloomberg.com
Commodity Price Change %Change Time
COPPER FUTURE (USd/lb.) 331.200 2.150 0.65 01:43
GOLD 100 OZ FUTR (USD/t oz.)

1,593.600

2.900

0.18

01:42
SILVER FUTURE (USD/t oz.) 27.110 0.115

0.43

01:42

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Metal Prices
    Date: August 3, 2012; Source: Kitco.com
Silver 27.16 +0.03
Platinum

1383.00

+2.00

Palladium

570.00

+4.00

Rhodium 1,150.00

0.00

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Exchange Rates
    Date: August 3, 2012; Source: the National Bank of Kazakhstan
1 USD KZT 150.15 1 CHF KZT 153.25 1 CNY KZT 23.58 1 TRY KZT 83.56 1 JPY KZT 1.92
1 EUR KZT 184.19 1 AUD KZT 157.52 1 KGS KZT 3.18 1 UZS KZT 0.08 1 BYR KZT 0.02
1 GBP KZT 233.21 1 CAD KZT 149.48 1 RUB KZT 4.63 1 KRW KZT 13.27 1 UAH KZT 18.51

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