DUBAI  - 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-Asia stocks touch 4-month top on dogged optimism 

* Oil edges lower as U.S. stockpiles grow more than expected

* MIDEAST STOCKS-Saudi quiet amid haj curbs on foreigners; Dubai extends gains 

* PRECIOUS-Gold hovers near 8-year high as second coronavirus wave fears mount

* Middle East Crude-Benchmarks extend losses for third session

* Israeli central bank forecasting gets real during pandemic 

* In West Bank, Israeli settler leaders complicate annexation plan

* U.N. Security Council to start talks on U.S. bid to extend Iran arms embargo 

* America's demand for talks is a lie, says Iran president 

* Iran's Rouhani says national currency's fall is temporary - TV

* Iranian judge in Romania died of impact from fall, autopsy says

* Lebanese pound slides to new lows, passing 6,000 to the dollar

* Algeria names new energy and finance ministers -state TV

* IMF, Sudan reach agreement on macroeconomic policies structural reforms

* PREVIEW- Sudan pins hopes on Berlin donor meeting as economy nears collapse 

* Turkey says Macron suffers "eclipse of the mind" over Libya 

* Russia says report on Russian mercenaries in Libya 'inaccurate'-RIA 



* Egypt lifts night curfew, eases coronavirus restrictions from Saturday 



* INSIGHT-Saudi pressures former intelligence official’s family, seeks access to documents 

* Yemen's Houthis reach Saudi capital with missiles for first time since COVID ceasefire 

* Saudi Binladin Construction Group misses salary payments - Bloomberg News 

* APICORP starts marketing 5-year dollar bonds -document



* BREAKINGVIEWS-Virus inflates allure of Abu Dhabi gas pipelines 

* ADNOC inks $10 bln deal, keeps tight control of costs amid market downturn 

* ADNOC infrastructure deal backed by $8 bln bridge financing - sources 

* Dubai Islamic Bank sells $300 mln in 2026 sukuk reopening, document shows 

* Dubai's Emirates NBD begins new round of job cuts -sources 

* Abraaj founder fights U.S. extradition request over fraud charges 

* China to run human coronavirus vaccine trial in UAE



* Oman switches to fiscal surplus after spending cuts

* Moody's cuts Oman's rating by one notch to 'Ba3' 

* Oman to reopen malls, some businesses, factories from Wednesday 

(Compiled by Dubai newsroom) ((