By Radu-Sorin Marinas
BUCHAREST, Dec 3 (Reuters) - Central European currencies mostly slid marginally in thin trade on Tuesday while stocks eased mirroring emerging assets with investors wary of fallout from a new U.S. trade conflict with Latin American export heavyweights.
As trade frictions with China already roil markets, Washington said it would restore tariffs on metal imports from Brazil and Argentina.
In Central Europe, Warsaw's WIG 20 .WIG20 led regional losses, down 0.5% on the day, with Poland's second largest lender, Pekao PEO.WA, falling 1.7% to 98.06 zloty by 1000 GMT.
Acting Pekao CEO Marek Lusztyn told Polish business daily Parkiet on Tuesday the bank will continue with its outlined strategy after the unexpected resignation of former CEO Michal Krupinski on Friday.
Budapest's market .BUX eased 0.4% on the day, followed by Prague .PX down 0.3% and Bucharest .BETI 0.1%.
Players said all eyes will be on this week's monetary policy council in Poland, seen keeping interest rates unchanged.
"The assumption about interest rate stabilization (as in minutes) will probably be repeated," PKO BP analysts said in a note.
"Despite inflation above the NBP target, the market is pricing in interest rate cuts over the next two years, which is influenced by the actions of major central banks as well as the slowdown in the global economy, with recent GDP data also showing signs of a slowdown in Poland."
By 1010 GMT, the Polish zloty EURPLN= led losses with a 0.2% fall, followed by the Romanian leu EURRON= and the Czech crown with 0.1% slide each. The Hungarian forint EURHUF= was flat at 332.2 to the euro.
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(Reporting by Radu Marinas; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne)
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