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Commodity Market

Ten Capital Market Themes for 2014 by Raiffeisenbank

Leading indicators show a recovery of global growth.

December 11, 2013

Russian Economy Shows Insufficient Diversification

The Russian economy is primarily based on commodities, economists at the Moscow Higher School of Economics report. In the medium term, Russia has no growth potential, the experts say.

July 18, 2013

Putin: Stimulus Package for Russian Economy

Because of the present stagnation Putin demands a stimulus package for Russian economy.

April 22, 2013

“Austrian Industry Still Taking a Breather”

Signs of a stabilisation emerging in employment. |Reduced cost pressure as a result of current price trends. | Delayed spring awakening in industry may provide too little support for a GDP increase in the first quarter of 2013.

March 5, 2013

Voestalpine to Announce Decision on Expansion Into North America

The Austrian steel group plans a major investment in North America. According to voestalpine´s CEO Wolfgang Eder, the decision will be announced in February.

February 9, 2013

South Stream Pipeline: Gazprom Concludes Contract with Hungary

The Russian energy group Gazprom has negotiated the last conditions of the contract with Serbia and Hungary.

November 2, 2012

Austrian Industry: Downward Trend Continues

According to IV (Federation of Austrian Industries), the industrial production is stagnating. A trend reversal is not foreseeable. Pessismism is growing and unemployment will grow substantially.

October 22, 2012

RHI Begins to Downsize in Europe

The Austrian refractories company plans to expand in Russia. In Europe, the first factories will be shut down in two years.

October 18, 2012

South Stream Pipeline May Run Across Croatia

Instead of Hungary, the pipeline project South Stream may pass through Croatia. Gazprom currently negotiates with the Croatian operator Plinacro.

August 20, 2012

International Raw Materials Conference EUMICON 2012

The event takes place from 19th to 21st September 2012 in Leoben, Austria. Top decisionmakers will come together.

July 30, 2012

New Hope for Nabucco West

The Aseri Minister of Energy Natik Aliyev thinks that Nabucco West would be better than the rival project TAP.

July 27, 2012

Vienna Stock Exchange: New Trading System for Gas Exchange

Trayport ETS: New trading system on CEGH Gas Exchange of the Vienna Stock Exchange.

July 6, 2012

„Up to 70% of European Steel Capacities are Endangered“

Wolfgang Eder, CEO of Austrian voestalpine, thinks that the European steel industry faces fierce competition from the East.

July 3, 2012

OMV and Wintershall Sign Upstream Agreement with ADNOC

OMV and Wintershall will appraise the sour gas and condensate field in Shuwaihat in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi. OMV´s CEO Gerhard Roiss sees strengthened relations with the United Arab Emirates.

June 21, 2012

„Nabucco Will Die A Hundred Times“

OMV´s CEO Gerhard Roiss promotes the new „Nabucco West“ project and underlines the high probability of success.

June 14, 2012

Austrian E-Control Supports Shale Gas Exploitation

Walter Boltz, CEO of the Austrian energy market regulator, thinks that Europe would benefit from the shale gas exploitation.

June 13, 2012

Austrialian Mining Company Plans to Exploit Lithium in Austrian Alps

Global Strategic Metals NL plans a site with an investment volume of € 125m in Austria. For Austria, the lithium deposits would be a „highly strategic asset“.

June 9, 2012

Energy: Germany and Austria Agree on Closer Cooperation

German dena and Austrian Verbund advocate stronger German-Austrian energy partnership and aim to build more pumped storage power plants for the integration of wind and solar power.

June 1, 2012

„Nabucco Is Still an Option“

Elshad Nassirov, Vice-Chairman oft he Azerbaijani gas company Socar, argues that BP´s statement about Nabucco was premature.

May 29, 2012

BP: „Nabucco is Dead“

British Petroleum pronounces the initial Nabucco project dead. RWE supports the new version “Nabucco West”.

May 25, 2012

Only 10% of Austrians Want to Invest in Securities

The confidence in equity markets is damaged. 62% expect the highest returns from gold and real estate. Only one out of ten Austrians are willing to buy securities.

May 24, 2012

Voestalpine Establishes Group for Centralized Purchase of Natural Gas

The voestalpine Group has established Austria’s first industrial gas balance group for the centralized purchasing of natural gas.

May 11, 2012

Nabucco: Azerbaijan´s Nassirov Optimistic

Elshad Nassivor, Vice CEO of the Azerbaijani oil and gas group Socar is optimistic to create a connection with Austria´s gas hub in Baumgarten.

May 5, 2012

Austrian Opposition Aims to Bring Back Gold Reserves

The two Austrian opposition parties FPÖ and BZÖ push the Austrian Central Bank (OeNB) to disclose information about the gold reserves. OeNB refuses to do so.

April 14, 2012

Where is Austria´s Gold?

The major part of Austria´s gold reserves should be located in the U.S. The Austrian Central Bank does not answer any questions.

April 10, 2012

„Natural Gas to Become Most Important Energy Source“

Gerhard Roiss, CEO of the Austrian oil and gas group OMV pushes the EU to recognize the importance of natural gas.

April 7, 2012

Austrian Industry Running Increasingly Smoothly

The Austrian industry has potential: positive surprise still possible despite tight earnings situation caused by high commodity prices. Export orders rise strongly again.

March 30, 2012

Lenzing Group and smartfiber AG Intensify Their Cooperation

The Austrian fiber manufacturer takes over production of two specialty fibers from its German cooperation partner.

December 21, 2011

OMV Discovered Major Gas Field in Austria

The Austrian oil and gas group OMV found a major gas field in Northern Lower Austria. The gas could cover the domestic gas demand for 30 years.

November 26, 2011

Lenzing Meets Expectations

In the first nine months of 2011, the Austrian Lenzing Group could improve financial key figures. Profits were up by 77.5%.

November 15, 2011

Lenzing: Strong Rise in Profits Expected

For analysts, the Austrian fiber manufacturer Lenzing will report highly satisfying results. Sales, earnings as well as profits should increase.

November 12, 2011

Lenzing Expands Capacities in China

The Austrian fiber manufacturer experiences still strong growth in China. Investments will rise significantly too.

October 24, 2011

Number of Agricultural Holdings Still Shrinks

Agricultural census 2010: Number of Austrian agricultural and forestry holdings decreased, trend towards larger holdings.

October 10, 2011

Lenzing Confirms Weninger as CEO

The Austrian fiber manufacturer Lenzing Extends Management Board Mandate of Friedrich Weninger.

September 27, 2011

Lenzing Group: Capacity expansion completed at the Heiligenkreuz/Burgenland plant

The Lenzing Group has successfully completed its capacity expansion drive initiated three years ago at the fiber production facility located in Heiligenkreuz (Burgenland, Austria).

September 7, 2011

Strong Rise in Industrial Prices Holds On

Austrian Wholesale price index in August 2011: +6.9% against August 2010. However, compared to July 2011, prices decreased.

September 7, 2011

Manner: Results Burdened by High Commodity Prices

The Austrian candy manufacturer posted a loss of € 2m in the first six months of the year. Revenue increased by almost 11%.

August 31, 2011

Outstanding Results for Lenzing

The Austrian fiber manufacturer increased sales by 31% to more than € 1bn in the first six months of the year. EBIT almost doubled to € 199.2m.

August 23, 2011

Lenzing Nanjing Starts Up New Fiber Production Line

With the opening of the new line, the Austrian fiber manufacturer almost doubled its production capacity in China to 140,000 tons per year.

August 16, 2011

Lenzing AG: Capital Increase and Sale of Existing Shares

The Austrian fiber manufacturer announced a capital market transaction which will increase free float from 10% to 33-35%.

May 30, 2011

Austrian Cement Industry: Further Decline in Production

Total cement production is 20% lower than in 2008. A reversal of the trend is expected for 2012.

May 19, 2011

Strong Results for Lenzing AG

The Austrian fiber manufacturer could record the best quarterly results in the company´s history. EBIT rose by 83.6% compared to Q1/2010.

May 11, 2011

Kraft Foods Austria Reports Rising Sales

The U.S. food company could rise its sales figures by 4.8% in Austria. However, costs are increasing substantially.

May 9, 2011

Declining Profits for Manner

The Austrian candy manufacturer experienced a steep rise in expenditures for commodities. EBIT declined from € 7.0m to € 4.2m.

April 30, 2011

Inflation went up to 3.1%

Austrian Consumer Price Inflation increased to 3.1% in March 2011 - the main drivers are energy and food prices.

April 16, 2011

Massive Increase in Wholesale Prices

Wholesale price index in March 2011: +12.1% against March 2010. Cereal and feeding stuff prices almost doubled.

April 7, 2011

The Austrian Food Industry Still Suffers from Sales Decreases

The domestic food industry is faced with declining sales for the second year in a row: 2010 registered a decrease of 4.5%.

March 24, 2011 · Updated: March 24, 2011; 01:01

Austrian Producer Prices Still on the Rise

Strong rise of industrial producer prices in January 2011: +5.0% compared to January 2010.

March 22, 2011

Sales Record for Schoeller Münzhandel

Schoeller Münzhandel, a subsidiary of the Austrian Mint, recorded sales for € 438.5m last year.

March 15, 2011

Capital Increase for Lenzing AG

Lenzing and B & C announce plans for Public Offering of Lenzing shares. € 75m are to be raised.

March 9, 2011