Mideast Stocks: Factors to watch on April 3

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

  
Image used for illustrative purpose. Investors watch monitors at the Dubai International Financial Market, May 20, 2010.

Image used for illustrative purpose. Investors watch monitors at the Dubai International Financial Market, May 20, 2010.

REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

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-Asian shares scale 7-month highs; oil nears $70 on tight supply 

* MIDEAST STOCKS-Emaar, Emirates lift Dubai; petrochemicals aid Saudi 

* PRECIOUS-Gold inches lower as equities hover near 7-month peak

* Brent approaches $70 as oil prices rise for fourth day

* Algerian leader Bouteflika ends 20-year rule after mass protests 

* Erdogan's AK Party challenges Istanbul, Ankara election results

* U.S. expects to resolve spat with Turkey over purchase of Russian air defenses 

* Yemen's Houthis deny U.N. access to Hodeidah mills for "safety reasons" -sources 

* Iran floods force evacuations as U.S. denies sanctions harming aid efforts 

* Iran says U.S. sanctions have helped slow flood aid 

* Tokyo prosecutors readying new case against Ghosn over Oman payments -report 

* Israel needs a more sophisticated financial market - central bank head 

* Three countries cut Iran oil imports to zero -U.S. envoy 

EGYPT

* In Egypt, rice import samples are judged in the kitchen 

* BRIEF-Egypt's Heliopolis Board Approves To Sell Pieces Of Land

SAUDI ARABIA

* Saudi-led coalition says it intercepts two drones launched by Houthis -SPA

* U.S. senators seek details on nuclear power cooperation with Saudi Arabia

* BRIEF-Fitch Ratings Aramco's Sabic Deal Echoes Oil Majors' Vertical Integration

* Middle East Crude-Benchmarks rise; Saudi may keep May prices steady

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

* First Abu Dhabi Bank raises $1.1 bln in bonds - document

* UAE's RAKBANK plans $500 mln sale of five-year bonds

* UAE's ADNOC signs new long-term agreement for base oil sales into China

* Dubai's Mashreq to close 12 branches as it shifts online

* UAE's ADFG to take over Shuaa Capital in reverse merger by mid-April - sources

QATAR

* Qatar sells 600 million riyal of T-bills in auction - statement

* Global LNG demand to grow 2 pct a year for next 15 years -Qatar Petroleum CEO

KUWAIT

* BRIEF-Kuwait's Agility Says Partnership Discussions With Panalpina Have Ended

* Fire in a kerosene unit at Mina Abdulla refinery is under control - KUNA

* Kuwait inks financial aid agreement for Bahrain

BAHRAIN

* BRIEF-Bahrain's Nogaholding Signs Agreement With Chevron - BNA Agency

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


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