January 14, 2018 / 3:11 AM / 6 months ago

MIDEAST - Factors to watch - January 14

DUBAI, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Here are some factors that may affect Middle East stock markets on Sunday. Reuters has not verified the press reports and does not vouch for their accuracy.


* GLOBAL MARKETS-Dollar hits three-year low vs euro; Wall St hits new highs

* MIDEAST STOCKS-Gulf stocks firm on oil, Qatar gains for sixth straight day

* Oil adds to rally, heads for fourth week of gains

* PRECIOUS-Gold set for 5th week of gains, palladium hits record

* Trump issues ultimatum to ‘fix’ Iran nuclear deal

* Macron tells Netanyahu the Iran nuclear deal must be preserved

* Flare-up with Israel tests Hamas effort to keep Gaza on low boil

* OPEC need not rush into changing oil pact - UAE

* Turkey warns citizens against travel to US in tit-for-tat move

* INTERVIEW-Syrian war will drag into next decade - senior Kurdish leader

* Stricken Iranian oil tanker drifts into Japan’s economic zone - coast guard

* Israel’s Netanyahu eyes trade, defence ties on India trip

* Morocco to launch more flexible exchange rate for dirham on Monday

* Tunisia arrests another 150 including opposition leaders over unrest

* Tunisia will increase aid for poor in response to protests

* Iraq nears oil output capacity of 5 mln bpd, committed to OPEC cuts

* Gulf OPEC producers plan to keep Q1 oil output below year-earlier level

* Iraq says 26 companies allowed to bid for oil, gas blocks in border areas

* Too hot to handle? Shell’s Gaza gas field sale hits problems


* Egypt tourism revenues jump 123.5 pct to $7.6 bln in 2017 -govt official

* Egypt hikes 2017-18 economic growth forecast to 5.3-5.5 pct

* Egypt’s GASC says seeking soyoil, sunflower oil for arrival March 1-15

* Egypt to impose curfew on parts of North Sinai - official gazette

* Egypt’s inflation drop shows spending levels still low, say economists

* Ex-military chief of staff to run in Egyptian presidential election

* Remittances from Egyptian expats rise by 5.8 pct y/y in Nov -c.bank

* Average yields fall on Egypt’s 6-month, 1-year T-bills - c.bank

* Egypt court overturns sentence against Mubarak-era interior minister


* Saudi Arabia to seek extradition of corruption suspects

* Some shares in Saudi Binladin Group may be transferred to state

* MSCI expects to include Aramco in Saudi Arabia index from time of IPO

* Saudi central bank lifts loan-to-value rate for first time buyer mortgages

* Hong Kong, London, New York shortlisted for Aramco IPO - sources

* BRIEF-Saudi’s CMA Approves Public Offering of GIB Saudi Equity Fund‍

* Merger of Saudi banks Alawwal and SABB to go ahead despite delays -sources

* Saudi Arabia’s SAGO seeking 960,000 T of barley


* BRIEF-S&P Says Abu Dhabi Ratings Affirmed At ‘AA/A-1+’

* MEDIA- Abu Dhabi Fund said to weigh options for $920 mln RHB Bank stake - Bloomberg

* UAE energy minister says not concerned with current oil price

* BRIEF-DP World Closes Dubai Maritime City and Drydocks World Transaction


* Qatar dairy producer Baladna to IPO in first half, expand into new areas

* Qatar energy minister views supply cut deal exit talk as premature -QNA

* TABLE-Qatar December inflation rises on petrol prices

* Qatar says Emirati plane violated airspace, UAE denies

* Qatar offers more al-Shaheen crude in March spot tender

* BRIEF-Qatar National Bank Issues $720 MLN Formosa Bond‍


* BRIEF-KFH Says Has Not Signed MoU on Merger with Ahli United Bank


* Oman sees oil price trading within $65-$70 range for a weeks

* MIDEAST DEBT-Oman issues largest bond as rising oil prices cheer Gulf investors (Compiled by Dubai newsroom)

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