MIDEAST STOCKS – Factors to watch – Mar 19 – Reuters

DUBAI, March 19 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


* GLOBAL MARKETS-World stocks touch record high, dollar
decline deepens

* MIDEAST STOCKS-Region surges on Fed but Gulf lags emerging

* Oil prices steady but outlook more bearish

* PRECIOUS-Gold heads for first weekly gain in three as Fed
hurts dollar – Reuters

* Beijing, Saudi Arabia agree to more oil cooperation,
exports to China

* King Salman ends Asia tour, returns to Saudi Arabia

* Moody’s cuts Turkey’s outlook to “negative” as politics

* Non-OPEC producers deliver 64 pct of pledged oil output
cuts in Feb -source

* OPEC, non-OPEC panel sees OPEC compliance at 106 pct in
Feb -source

* France’s Total seeks stake in $4 bln Iranian gas field

* Iran challenges need to ship out excess material under
nuclear deal

* Total held discussions with Iran’s NIOC over LNG project

* Sonatrach, Eni pledge to boost investment in Algeria’s
energy sector

* Sonatrach, ENI get 34 bids for Algerian solar power plant
– source

* Libya’s Waha oil field resumes pumping after stoppage due
clashes- engineer

* Morocco’s king names PJD’s Othmani as prime minister

* Turkey’s economy to grow 5 pct or more in 2018 -Erdogan

* Turkish central bank liquidity steps push funding cost up
some 50 bp – bankers

* EXCLUSIVE-As austerity-hit Egyptians turn to bread, wheat
imports hit new highs

* ANALYSIS-Halfway into 2017’s oil supply cut, Asia remains
awash with fuel

* Iraq’s oil exports dip so far in March after OPEC cut

* Jordan moves ahead with $2.1 bln oil shale power plant

* Turkey will pay all of seized Bank Asya’s foreign debt,
deputy PM says

* EXCLUSIVE-Syrian Kurdish YPG says Raqqa attack to start in
early April

* Thousands flee Iraq’s Mosul as battle edges into Old City

* Pentagon chief, Saudi deputy crown prince discuss fight
against Islamic State


* National Cement in talks to structure EGP 2.1 bln debt
with Petrotrade

* Average yield on Egypt T-bills rise at auction

* Egypt gets offers for soyoil, sunflower oil in tender

* Egypt’s GASC buys 30,000 tonnes of soybean oil, 74,500
tonnes of sunflower oil -trade

* Egypt aims to resume Saudi Aramco oil product imports

* Egypt expects to receive second tranche of the IMF loan in
May or June-fin min


* Saudi oil minister says output cuts may be extended if
necessary -Bloomberg

* FACTBOX-Saudi Arabia, China sign deals worth potentially
$65 bln

* Saudi Arabia’s STC, Mobily seek adviser for tower merger

* Saudi Arabia issues tender to buy 1.5 million tonnes
barley – SAGO

* Saudi’s SABIC calls EGM to approve FY dividend of 4


* Banks in stand-off with Etisalat Nigeria over problem loan

* Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank appoints Khamis Buharoun as acting

* Commercial Bank of Dubai says AGM rejects increase of
capital by 5 pct

* SHUAA Capital says in preliminary talks with GFH Financial
on co’s acquisition

* Middle East Crude-Dubai slips to 1-month low


* Qatar takes stake in Rocket Internet’s HelloFresh

* Qatar central bank raises policy rates, cuts reserve
requirement -official

* Qatar International Islamic Bank AGM to discuss sukuk


* Kuwait’s Alimtiaz Investment says unit signs 149.8 mln
dinars contract with DGCA

* Kuwait’s National Industries FY profit falls

* Kuwait’s Tamdeen Investment board proposes FY cash

* Kuwait’s Ahli United Bank to authorise board to issue
sukuk, other financing instruments

* Nafais Holding calls meeting to discuss Boubyan
Petrochemical’s offer to buy co’s stake in unit

* EVN AG unit with best offer for sewage treatment project
in Kuwait

* Qurain petrochemical says no shareholders of NAPESCO
accepted acquisition offer


* Bahrain’s GFH appoints new chairman, to focus on M&A


* Al Izz Islamic Bank convenes EGM to approve additional
tier 1 capital sukuk

* Oman Investment Fund about to close $600 mln loan for
Omantel buy -sources

(Reporting by Dubai Newsroom)

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