March 15, 2012 / 4:08 AM / in 6 years

MIDEAST STOCKS - Factors to watch - Mar 15

DUBAI, Mar 15 (Reuters) - Here are factors that may
affect Middle East stock markets on Thursday. Reuters has not
verified the press reports and does not vouch for their
accuracy.	
                                                            	
    INTERNATIONAL/REGIONAL	
    * Departing Goldman banker slams 'rip-off' culture	
 	
    * U.S. crude prices strengthen on economic optimism	
 	
    * GLOBAL MARKETS-Shares ease on China growth worry, dollar
stays firm 	
    * Obama, Cameron discussed tapping oil reserves 	
 	
    *  Developed economies to pick up steam in 2012-POLL	
 	
    *  Syria marks anniversary of uprising,violence grows	
 	
    *  West wins fresh Saudi oil supply pledge   	
 	
    *  Ahmadinejad grilled by hostile Iran parliament 	
 	
    * MIDEAST WEEKAHEAD-UAE uptrend looks fragile; Egypt hopes
for IMF loan 	
    * French BNP Paribas to grow Mideast revenues 	
    * MIDEAST MONEY-Cautiously, tiny Algeria exchange to open to
foreigners 	
       	
    UAE	
    * IMF sees UAE GDP growth slowing to 2.3 pct in 2012	
 	
    * Dubai Investments mulls $272 mln Islamic bond issue 	
 	
    * Dubai's DIFCI seeks $1 bln loan to repay sukuk-sources 	
 	
    * U.S. hedge fund wins claim against Dubai's Drydocks	
 	
    * UAE's TAQA sees 2012 capex at $2.0-2.2 bln	
 	
    * UAE 2012 inflation won't exceed 2 pct-minister	
 	
     	
    EGYPT	
    * Egypt street traders cash in on revolutionary spirit	
 	
    * Egypt's GASC seeks wheat for May 1-10 shipment	
 	
	
    SAUDI	
    * Saudi Arabia says it has closed its embassy in Syria	
 	
    * NCB Capital cuts Saudi Investment Bank, Arab National Bank	
 	
        	
    BAHRAIN	
    * Bahrain opposition may be losing touch with the youth
 	
	
 (Compiled by Gulf bureaux)

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