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CEE MARKETS-Assets hold steady as investors eye EU jobs, Fed

By Alan Charlish

By Alan Charlish WARSAW, July 2 (Reuters) - Central European assets were little changed on Tuesday, with traders focusing on indications of monetary easing in the U.S. and eurozone while keeping an eye on Brussels where EU leaders are seeking to break a stalemate on top jobs. The Federal Reserve remains under pressure to stimulate the U.S. economy despite a ceasefire in the U.S.- China trade war and ECB policymakers are uniting behind the need for stimulus. Central Europe's most liquid currency, the Polish zloty , strengthened 0.05% against the euro, while the Czech crown also gained 0.05%, both continuing to hover around 2019 highs. The Hungarian forint gained 0.12% against the euro, but remained in a range close to 323. "Long dollar positions were cut against zloty -- 25, 24 is the support area and we would need fresh stimulus to go lower in euro/zloty. We may see a technical rebound to 25, 26," said a Warsaw-based currency trader European Union leaders were spending a third consecutive day trying to decide who should hold the bloc's most prominent jobs, including the presidents of the European Commission, European Parliament and the European Central Bank. "The expectation is for monetary policy easing, so the nomination of a hawk could destroy that picture," said Jakub Rybacki, economist at ING Bank Slaski, of the ECB top job. Polish and Czech 10-year bond yields continued to hover around 2019-lows. Polish 10-year yields were at 2.359% , while Czech 10-year yields were at 1.538% and Hungarian 10-year yields were at 2.68% Romania's central bank is seeking to bring inflation within target in the medium term, not short-term at the cost of suffocating economic growth, central bank Governor Mugur Isarescu said. The Romanian leu was down 0.11% against the euro at 0926 GMT. "Slowly but steadily the EUR/RON seems to be departing from the 4.7200 support area, trading more around 4.7300 with a general upside bias," ING analysts said in a note. In Poland, the Monetary Policy Council (MPC) convened at the central bank ahead of Wednesday's rates announcement, which is widely expected to see the benchmark rate kept on hold at a record low of 1.5%. "The Polish MPC is likely to keep rates flat, which will be mildly positive for PLN," said Rybacki. CEE SNAPSHOT AT MARKETS 1145 CET CURRENCI ES Latest Previous Daily Change bid close change in 2019 Czech 25.4390 25.4380 -0.00% +1.05% crown Hungary 322.9000 323.0200 +0.04% -0.56% forint Polish 4.2415 4.2408 -0.02% +1.13% zloty Romanian 4.7350 4.7339 -0.02% -1.71% leu Croatian 7.3960 7.3953 -0.01% +0.19% kuna Serbian 117.7500 117.9000 +0.13% +0.47% dinar Note: calculated from 1800 CET daily change Latest Previous Daily Change close change in 2019 Prague 1035.77 1039.840 -0.39% +4.99% 0 Budapest 40537.52 40618.08 -0.20% +3.57% Warsaw 2322.56 2329.74 -0.31% +2.02% Bucharest 8825.63 8797.06 +0.32% +19.53% Ljubljana 878.82 880.32 -0.17% +9.27% Zagreb 1887.75 1883.94 +0.20% +7.94% Belgrade <.BELEX15 741.78 736.97 +0.65% -2.61% > Sofia 584.32 582.79 +0.26% -1.71% BONDS Yield Yield Spread Daily (bid) change vs Bund change in Czech spread Republic 2-year <CZ2YT=RR 1.5550 0.1030 +231bps +11bps > 5-year <CZ5YT=RR 1.3600 0.0880 +204bps +9bps > 10-year <CZ10YT=R 1.5380 -0.0060 +190bps -1bps R> Poland 2-year <PL2YT=RR 1.6100 -0.1030 +236bps -10bps > 5-year <PL5YT=RR 1.9340 -0.0160 +262bps -2bps > 10-year <PL10YT=R 2.3590 -0.0080 +272bps -1bps R> FORWARD RATE AGREEMEN T 3x6 6x9 9x12 3M interban k Czech Rep < 2.18 2.10 1.99 2.17 PRIBOR=> Hungary < 0.34 0.45 0.53 0.25 BUBOR=> Poland < 1.74 1.73 1.71 1.72 WIBOR=> Note: FRA are for ask prices quotes ************************************************** ************ For related news and prices, click on the codes in brackets: All emerging market news EMRG CEEU CEE/ Spot FX rates Eastern Europe spot FX EEFX= Middle East spot FX MEFX= Asia spot FX ASIAFX= Latin America spot FX LATAMFX= Other news and reports World central bank news CEN Economic Data Guide ECONGUIDE Official rates GLOBAL/INT Emerging Diary EMRG/DIARY Top events M/DIARY Diaries DIARY Diaries Index IND/DIARY (Reporting by Alan Charlish, additional reporting by Marton Dunai in Budapest Editing by Keith Weir)