President Dmitry Medvedev will meet with members of the United Russia party in Barnaul. South Korean President Lee Myung Bak visits Russia. Russian manufacturing industry shows “mild improvement” in October. OAO Rostelecom, Russia’s dominant fixed line operator, said its board approved a $500 million share buyback.
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WHAT TO WATCH: *The Russian Purchasing Managers’ Index rose to a seasonally adjusted 50.4 in October from 50 the previous month, HSBC said today, citing data compiled by London-based Markit Economics. *The Finance Ministry plans to deposit as much as 55 billion rubles ($1.8 billion) with banks, increasing the amount from 10 billion rubles. *The Finance Ministry may disclose yield guidance on OFZ bonds. *Medvedev meets members of the United Russia political party in Barnaul. *Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin visits Novgorod to discuss municipal issues. *South Korea’s Lee begins a two-day working visit to Russia.
EQUITY MOVERS: *OAO Lukoil, Russia’s second largest oil producer, said it has begun exploration drilling in Vietnam and expects results in a month. *PIK Group, the Russian real estate developer, said it dropped a planned additional share offering because of “volatile” market conditions. *Rostelecom, Russia’s dominant fixed line operator, said its board approved buying back as much as $500 million of shares. Companies controlled by billionaire Suleiman Kerimov plan to buy former OAO Svyazinvest head Yevgeny Yurchenko’s stake in Rostelecom, Kommersant reported today, citing unidentified board members.
MARKETS: *The 30-stock Micex Index fell 1.83 percent to 1,498.60, and the dollar-denominated RTS Index dropped 2.92 percent to 1,563.28. *Russia’s benchmark 2018 ruble Eurobond fell, pushing the yield up 15 basis points to 7.176 percent. *The ruble weakened 1.6 percent versus the dollar to 30.16 and 0.1 percent versus the euro to 42.18. *The MSCI Emerging Markets Index fell 0.9 percent to 986.17 at 9:25 a.m. *Crude for December delivery fell 0.8 percent to $92.48 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. *Brent crude declined 0.6 percent to $108.89 a barrel on the ICE Futures Europe exchange in London. *Gold for immediate delivery rose 0.2 percent to $1,719.02 an ounce.