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|18 April, 2019

Mideast Stocks: Factors to watch on April 18

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

An investor looks at stock exchange information at the Dubai Financial Market December 1,2009.

An investor looks at stock exchange information at the Dubai Financial Market December 1,2009.

REUTERS/Mosab Omar

DUBAI  - Here are some factors that may affect Middle East stock markets on Thursday. Reuters has not verified the press reports and does not vouch for their accuracy.

INTERNATIONAL/REGIONAL

* GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares off 9-mth peak, European PMIs in focus 

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* MIDEAST STOCKS--Oil lifts most of Gulf, top lender weighs on Egypt

* PRECIOUS-Gold slips to 2019 low as global economic outlook improves 

* Oil prices slip amid ample U.S. output, Brent drifts away from 5-month high

* Aramco in talks to buy stake in refining business of India's Reliance

* White House's Kushner urges 'open mind' on upcoming Mideast plan -source 

* Toppled Bashir moved from residence to Khartoum's Kobar prison -relatives 

* EXCLUSIVE-Dispute flares among U.S. officials over Trump administration Iran arms control report -sources 

* Egypt to hold referendum on extending Sisi's rule on April 20-22

* Shells kill 7 in Tripoli neighbourhood as Haftar's two-week siege rages

* Turkish opposition takes control of Istanbul, re-run appeal still pending 

EGYPT

* Moody's Says Upgrades Egypt's Ratings To B2, Stable Outlook 

* Egypt 2019/20 cotton output to drop 31 pct on low prices -USDA attache 

* Egyptian alliance launches real estate finance company - statement

SAUDI ARABIA

* Saudi Arabia to host G20 Leaders' Summit in November 2020 - SPA news agency

* Iraqi PM Abdul Mahdi meets Saudi King Salman on first visit to Saudi Arabia

* Islamic Development Bank set to raise $1.5 bln in five-year sukuk 

* Saudi court postpones hearing for women activists after new arrests 

* Zain Saudi Posts Q1 Profit 

* Riyad REIT Acquires 40 Pct Stake In Leasehold Interest Of Trophy Office Building 

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

* Abu Dhabi allows foreigners to own freehold properties in investment areas-state media 

* UAE's Aldar Says New Law Allowing Land Ownership For Foreigners 

* India's Jet Airways finds itself out of runway as funds dry up

* Loan, margin growth lift Emirates NBD quarterly net profit 

* Commercial Bank Of Dubai Q1 Profit Rises

* UAE's Invest Bank Issues 1.59 Bln Shares To Sharjah Government

* Emirates Islamic Bank Q1 Profit Rises 

QATAR

* Qatar's Commercial Bank Q1 Profit Rises 

* Qatar's Ahli Bank Q1 Profit Rises 

* Masraf Al Rayan Q1 Profit Up 2.5 Percent

* U.S. restrictions on Qatar Airways could lead to unravelling of aviation agreements - airlines 

* Qatar sells al-Shaheen crude at highest premiums in 7 months - sources 

* Qatar's Gulf Warehousing Establishes Subsidiary In India 

BAHRAIN

* National Bank Of Bahrain Q1 Profit Rises 

(Reporting By Dubai Newsroom) ((Dubai.Newsroom@thomsonreuters.com))

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