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CEE MARKETS-Forint marks another new low, Zloty drifts near 12-year trough

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PRAGUE, Nov 22 (Reuters) - Hungary's forint hit a new all-time low on Monday and the Polish zloty was stuck around its weakest levels in 12 years, under pressure from a strong U.S. dollar and worry over the worsening COVID-19 situation in central Europe. The forint fell 0.5% to 369.67 to the euro. Even with interest rates rising quickly around the region to counter an inflation spike, central European assets are being hurt by renewed worries about lockdowns and investor appetite stunted by the stronger dollar. Political tensions are also appearing with a migrant crisis on Poland's border with Belarus, while Warsaw and Budapest are still locked in disputes with Brussels. On Monday, the Czech Republic and Slovakia are following examples in Austria and parts of Germany by implementing new COVID-19 measures against the unvaccinated as virus infections hit new highs. Austria is also the first to re-impose a full lockdown. "The lockdown in Austria and the concerns that German measures could be coming has increased fears of potential economic effects and strengthened risk aversion," a Budapest trader said. The zloty had dropped 0.5% to 4.716 to the euro by 0923 GMT. "The outlook for the Polish currency remains moderately pessimistic, although the recent series of continuous declines in the value of the Polish currency creates an increasing need for a technical adjustment," Bank Millennium said in a note. "Ultimately, however, the EUR / PLN rate should move towards the significant barrier of 4.73." The Czech crown was at its lowest since Nov. 4, the day the central bank surprised with its biggest rate hike - at 125 basis points - in nearly a quarter-century. Czech central bank Tomas Holub said in a podcast with Patria Finance's chief economist that he would not expect any big surprise on tightening going ahead. On stock markets, indices around the region dropped, led by a 0.7% fall in Budapest. CEE SNAPSHO AT MARKETS T 1023 CET CURRENC IES Latest Previou Daily Change s bid close change in 2021 EURCZK Czech EURHUF Hungary 0 0 EURPLN Polish EURRON Romanian EURHRK Croatian EURRSD Serbian 0 0 Note: calcula 1800 daily ted CET change from STOCKS Latest Previou Daily Change s close change in 2021 .PX Prague 1355.05 1362.71 -0.56% +31.92 00 % .BUX Budapest 51129.3 51472.9 -0.67% +21.43 0 1 % .WIG20 Warsaw <.WIG20 2249.14 2248.18 +0.04% +13.37 > % .BETI Buchares 12640.3 12559.6 +0.64% +28.91 t 2 1 % .SBITO Ljubljan <.SBITO 1243.09 1235.31 +0.63% +37.99 P a P> % .CRBEX Zagreb <.CRBEX 2003.78 1994.26 +0.48% +15.21 > % .BELEX Belgrade <.BELEX 809.66 808.70 +0.12% +8.16% 15 15> .SOFIX Sofia <.SOFIX 621.58 612.08 +1.55% +38.89 > % BONDS Yield Yield Spread Daily (bid) change vs Bund change in Czech spread Republic CZ2YT= 2-year s CZ5YT= 5-year s CZ10YT s Poland PL2YT= 2-year s PL5YT= 5-year s PL10YT s FRA 3x6 6x9 9x12 3M interba nk Czech Hungary Poland Note: FRA quotes are for ask prices *********************************** *************************** (Reporting by Jason Hovet in Prague, Krisztina Than in Budapest and Alan Charlish in Warsaw; Editing by Kirsten Donovan)