April 15, 2018 / 3:17 AM / in 5 months

MIDEAST - Factors to watch - April 15

DUBAI, April 12 (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.

INTERNATIONAL/REGIONAL

* GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks dip, oil gains as Syria fears go on; US bank shares fall

* MIDEAST STOCKS-Most Gulf stocks in red over Syria tension, Saudi stabilises

* Oil rises on Syria tensions, up most in week since July

* PRECIOUS-Gold on track for second weekly gain as Syria concerns linger

* U.S. says air strikes cripple Syria chemical weapons program

* Four Arab states stick by Qatar demands despite U.S. pressure to end rift

* Iran tells France not to be influenced by Saudi prince on nuclear deal

* Iraq’s oil development contracts may draw 14 bidders

* Algerian PM says economy to improve in 2018 as energy exports recover

* Libya’s Haftar treated in Paris after feeling ill on tour - spokesman

EGYPT

* Egypt court upholds life sentence against Brotherhood leader

* Eight Egyptian soldiers, 14 militants killed in Sinai attack - army

* Egypt sees 2 pct primary surplus in FY 2018/19 on higher taxes, lower subsidies

* Egypt’s former anti-graft chief referred to military trial - lawyer

* Egyptian prosecutor summons nine journalists over election coverage

SAUDI ARABIA

* Saudi’s $11 billion bond largely covers dollar funding for 2018 – official

* Spain signs $2.2 bln framework deal to sell warships to Saudi Arabia

* Houthi leader says group developing its military capabilities

QATAR

* Qatar raises $12 bln in jumbo bond despite blockade (Reporting by Dubai newsroom)

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