March 14, 2018 / 2:40 AM / 10 days ago

MIDEAST - Factors to watch - March 14

DUBAI, March 14 (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.


* GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares slip on U.S. protectionism fears

* MIDEAST STOCKS-Higher ownership ceilings boost Qatar, Egypt climbs on CIB

* Oil edges up on strong China data, but rising US output caps gains

* PRECIOUS-Gold prices steady on weaker dollar after Tillerson dismissal

* Middle East Crude-Benchmarks fall on selling pressure

* Russia says U.S. plans to strike Damascus, pledges military response

* Trump fires Tillerson, a moderate; replaces him with hawkish spy chief Pompeo

* Moody’s Says Gulf Companies Look To Capital Markets As Governments Push Structural Reforms

* Palestinian PM Hamdallah survives Gaza roadside bomb attack

* Dollar-hungry Sudan gets $1.4 bln deposit from UAE

* Libya’s Zawiya oil port loadings resume after strike ends -sources

* Turkish bonds fall, CDS rise on economy, election concerns

* Iraq grain board chief sees bigger wheat crop as weather improves

* Trade tensions cloud best global growth outlook in 7 years -OECD

* Iraqi PM Abadi lifts ban on international flights to Kurdistan Region


* Russia’s Aeroflot to resume flights to Egypt from April 11


* Saudi cabinet approves nuclear power program national policy - SPA

* Saudi businessman al-Sanea seeks last-ditch debt deal – sources

* Saudi Aramco international listing looks increasingly difficult - sources

* Saudi’s Sipchem, Sahara Petrochemical to resume merger talks


* Somalia bans Dubai ports operator DP World, says contract with Somaliland null

* Dana Gas says UAE court orders it to proceed with $700 mln sukuk case


* Qatar Petroleum renews shared oilfield concession pact with UAE

* Qatar central bank auctions 2 billion riyals of bonds, sukuk


* TABLE-Oman bank lending growth rebounds in January (Compiled by Dubai newsroom)

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