October 11, 2017 / 3:24 AM / 11 days ago

MIDEAST STOCKS - Factors to watch - October 11

DUBAI, Oct 11 (Reuters) - Here are some factors that may affect Middle East stock markets on Wednesday. Reuters has not verified the press reports and does not vouch for their accuracy.

INTERNATIONAL/REGIONAL

* GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares gain as Wall St hits record, Catalan fears ease

* MIDEAST STOCKS-Qatar keeps recovering, banking and insurance hit Saudi

* Oil up on signs of tighter market, but 2018 looks more uncertain

* PRECIOUS-Gold gains on weaker dollar

* Middle East Crude-Stays firm; Sellers bullish on limited arbitrage

* UK reaffirms commitment to Iran nuclear deal in call with Trump - May’s office

* U.S. steps up pressure on Hezbollah, offers reward for two operatives

* Turkey’s Erdogan blames U.S. envoy for diplomatic crisis

* Trump to announce broad Iran strategy this week - White House

* Iran hardliners, pragmatists show unity in response to Trump

* Turkey requires approvals for some Russian agricultural imports - minister

* Emerging market debt to GDP declines for first time since 2011 -JPMorgan

* Hundreds of suspected Islamic State militants surrender in Iraq - source

* Iraq PM Abadi expects Islamic State’s complete defeat in Iraq this year

* Algeria plans fuel price, tax hike to offset fall in energy revenues-document

* IMF raises Turkey’s 2017 growth forecast to 5.1 pct

* Iran’s Azadegan oilfield tender delayed to 2018 - oil official

* Asiacell, Korek have yet to receive demand from Iraq to move HQ to Baghdad

* Iraq to reopen oil pipeline to Turkey, bypassing one in Kurdistan

EGYPT

* Activist dedicates rights award to “tortured, imprisoned” Egyptians

* Uber says committed to Egypt, announces $20 mln investment

* Egypt’s GASC says buys 170,000 tonnes of Russian wheat in tender

* Egypt’s inflation dips in September

* Egypt’s FY2017/18 GDP growth projected at 4.5 pct -IMF report

SAUDI ARABIA

* Saudi sees over 250 bln riyals in electricity projects in five years

* Saudi Arabia to award nuclear reactor contract by end 2018 - official

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

* Emirates to quit some New Zealand flights as part of new Qantas pact

* Investment Corporation of Dubai prices $200 mln bond tap - lead

QATAR

* UAE: Qatar must shun “extremism” to host 2022 World Cup

* Qatar International Islamic Bank readies $2 bln sukuk programme

* Qatar’s emir to visit Malaysia in mid-October

KUWAIT

* Kuwait’s Warba Bank syndicating $250 mln Islamic loan - sources

BAHRAIN

* Fitch Rates Bahrain’s nogaholding ‘BB+'; Outlook Negative

* New Bahrain oil pipeline ready in 2018, gas pipeline under study

OMAN

* Shell seeks buyers for Oman field stake -sources

* Oman’s Electricity Holding to raise two loans as part of $2 bln capex programme - sources (Compiled by Dubai newsroom)

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