Central European currencies were slightly firmer on Friday, with investors focused on the US elections and a rate-setting meeting in Poland. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden gained more ground on President Donald Trump in the battleground states of Georgia and Pennsylvania on Friday, edging closer to the White House hours after Trump falsely claimed the election was being “stolen” from him. Meanwhile, in Poland, central bankers were gathering for a rate-setting meeting which had been rescheduled from Wednesday. Analysts polled by Reuters expected rates to stay at a record low of 0.1%. But the decision to postpone the meeting amid spiralling COVID-19 case numbers and government warnings that a blanket lockdown may be needed meant investors were watching events more nervously than would otherwise have been the case. “When it comes to the zloty, we are waiting for the MPC (Monetary Policy Council) meeting… this is a possible risk for the zloty appreciation right now because of the possible action, further loosening of monetary policy,” said Mateusz Sutowicz, financial market analyst at Bank Millennium. “If there is no surprise we expect that the zloty will hover around current levels,” he said, adding that he expected the central bank to use tools other than cutting rates to fight the effects of the pandemic. At 1013 GMT the Polish zloty was 0.24% stronger against the euro at 4.5243. The Hungarian Forint was 0.18% firmer at 358.65 and the Czech crown gained 0.09% to 26.67. The Czech National Bank kept its interest rates unchanged on Thursday as expected and indicated no changes were likely in the coming months. Stocks were weaker, with the main indices in Warsaw, Prague and Budapest falling 0.16-1.01% after a strong run in recent days. Shares of Hungarian oil company MOL rose over 5% at the open after its third-quarter results far exceeded expectations. Benchmark Polish 10-year yields fell 1 basis point to 1.145. Poland’s Finance Ministry will hold a switch tender on Friday. Czech 10-year yields fell 3 basis points to 1.016.