MIDEAST - Factors to watch - March 21

Here are some factors that may affect Middle East stock markets on Wednesday.

  
Investors look at electronic display boards on the trading floor at the Dubai International Financial Market March. Image for illustrative purposes.

Investors look at electronic display boards on the trading floor at the Dubai International Financial Market March. Image for illustrative purposes.

REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

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.

INTERNATIONAL/REGIONAL

* GLOBAL MARKETS-Caution creeps into Asian trading ahead of Fed decision

* MIDEAST STOCKS-Qatar outperforms in soft Gulf markets

* Oil prices rise on Middle East tensions, healthy demand

* PRECIOUS-Gold edges lower on strong dollar ahead of Fed rate decision

* U.S. arrests Iranian over alleged $115 mln sanctions evasion scheme

* Trump congratulates Putin on election, leaders look to meet soon

* Iranian leader says Tehran has defused regional threats

* South Sudan suspends mobile operator Vivacell

* Gulf central banks may diverge from US policy as rate hikes loom

* Iraq's Grain Board sets local wheat purchase prices for 2018 season

* Lebanon c. bank to lift fx reserves to bolster confidence in pound-governor

* Malaysia says concludes talks with Saudi Aramco over RAPID investment

EGYPT

* Sisi says he wanted more challengers in Egyptian election

* Egypt court orders suspension of Uber, Careem services in victory for taxis -sources

* Al-Futtaim investment in Cairo Festival City to reach $1.7 bln by 2023

* Egypt's strategic wheat reserves enough for 3 months - MENA

SAUDI ARABIA

* Trump praises U.S. military sales to Saudi as he welcomes crown prince

* Saudi finance ministry sells 4.9 bln riyals of domestic sukuk

* Saudi Prince Alwaleed reached secret agreement with govt -BBG TV

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

* Noble Group hit by lawsuit amid crucial debt restructuring

* Emaar and Aldar to launch joint projects worth up to $8.2 bln

* UAE's First Abu Dhabi Bank gains Saudi commercial licence

* UAE's Mubadala fund in talks to buy renewable energy arm of Brazil's QGEP-report

* UAE seeks exemption from U.S. tariffs on steel, aluminium - govt official

* UAE importer purchased about 30,000 tonnes wheat last week

* Dubai Investments to launch sharia-compliant Arkan Bank

QATAR

* TABLE-Qatar inflation rate falls marginally in February

* Qatar fund to sell stake in HK department store operator for $662 mln

KUWAIT

TABLE-Kuwait February inflation edges down to 0.8 percent

OMAN

* Oman bought about 30,000 to 60,000 T Russian wheat last week

(Compiled by Dubai newsroom)

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