January 11, 2018 / 3:45 AM / 6 months ago

MIDEAST - Factors to watch - January 11

DUBAI, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Here are some 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

* GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares step back from New Year rally as trade concerns resurface

* MIDEAST STOCKS-Gulf mixed, Qatar continues rally as foreigners buy

* Oil markets cling to near 3-year highs on tighter U.S. market

* PRECIOUS-Gold rises on dollar weakness, pause in stocks rally

* Trump urged by top advisers to waive Iran sanctions -official

* Morocco’s GDP growth to slow to 2.8 percent in 2018-officials

* Protests hit Tunisia for 3rd night as PM warns of clampdown

* Turkey summons U.S. charge d’affaires over Syria -Turkish sources

* International donors for Palestine to meet in Brussels Jan 31

* Currency black market behind Sudan’s price rises - minister

* Turkey’s Halkbank looks to get loans, issue bonds when conditions are right

* Shell sells stake in Iraq oilfield to Japan’s Itochu - oil official

* Iraq to ask foreign oil firms to build housing, provide services for employees

* U.N. endorses elections for Libya by end of 2018

* Arab League to hold meeting on Jerusalem next month

* Iran could greatly increase uranium enrichment, says spokesman

* EMERGING MARKETS-Higher Treasury yields knock emerging markets

* Italy and Iran to sign 5.0 billion euro investment agreement - Treasury source

EGYPT

* Egypt’s heady inflation drops as election season approaches

SAUDI ARABIA

* Saudi-led coalition says thwarts Houthi attack on oil tanker

* Saudi Aramco hires former Shell executive for chemicals business

* EXCLUSIVE-Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power invites banks to arrange IPO -sources

* Saudi bourse adjusts rules to attract foreign funds, ease Aramco IPO

* EXCLUSIVE-Saudi Aramco working to raise cheap loans before IPO - banking sources

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

* Emirates to seek $1 billion sukuk to diversify funding - Bloomberg

* Abu Dhabi invites bids for giant water desalination plant

* TABLE-UAE’s Fujairah oil inventory data for week ended Jan 8

KUWAIT

* Kuwait cuts February crude OSP to Asia - industry source

BAHRAIN

* Ithmaar Holding Gets Bahrain C.Bank Nod to List On DFM‍​

OMAN

* Oman starts marketing triple-tranche US dollar bond - IFR News (Compiled by Dubai newsroom)

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