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|16 December, 2018

Mideast Stocks: Factors to watch on December 16

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

Traders monitor stock information at Dubai Financial Market, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 5, 2017.

Traders monitor stock information at Dubai Financial Market, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 5, 2017.

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DUBAI  - 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 accuracy.

INTERNATIONAL/REGIONAL

* GLOBAL MARKETS-Global growth worry hits stocks, but U.S. data lifts dollar

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* MIDEAST STOCKS-Real estate boosts Dubai, Egypt; most Gulf markets rise

* Oil drops 2 pct on Wall St losses, weak China data

* PRECIOUS-Gold dips to one-week low as dollar bounces on strong data

* One of Khashoggi killers said 'I know how to cut' on audio, Erdogan says

* Fighting breaks out in Yemen's Hodeidah after truce deal

* Libya's National Oil against paying 'ransom' to reopen El Sharara field

* Lebanon finance minister urges new gov't, reforms after Moody's report

* Nobel laureate Murad to build hospital in her hometown in Iraq

* Police fire live rounds to disperse protest in Iraq's Basra

* Israeli forces kill Palestinian in West Bank clashes -medics

* U.S.-backed Syrian forces close to seizing town from Islamic State -spokeswoman

* S.Korea imports no Iran oil in November despite sanctions waiver

* Saudi man pleads guilty in Oklahoma to lying about al Qaeda training

* Reuters Insider - U.S. Senate rebukes Saudi Arabia - and Trump

* U.S. Senate hands Trump historic rebuke on Saudi Arabia

EGYPT

* Reuters Insider - Egypt unveils "one of a kind" ancient tomb, expects more finds

* Egypt's GASC seeking soyoil, sunflower oil for arrival Feb. 10-25

* Egypt 5-yr CDS rise to highest since August 2017 - Markit

* Egypt's GASC buys 47,500 T of milled white rice in purchase tender

* Hundreds of Egyptian Christians protest at police killing

* INTERVIEW-Egypt's Pharos Holding says it will launch microfinance services

* Egypt wants World Bank, IMF to quantify informal sector in GDP

* Egypt's Hassan Allam Holding aims to float shares in H1 -sources

SAUDI ARABIA

* Saudi Arabia pledges Tunisia financial aid of about $830 mln

* Western tourists trickle into Saudi Arabia as it tries to open up

* BRIEF-Saudi Arabia Said To Target U.S. With Sharp Oil Export Cut - Bloomberg

* Saudi's AHAB seeks creditor support for settlement under bankruptcy law

* BRIEF-Banque Saudi Fransi Receives SAMA Approval To Appoint Mazin Al Romeih As Chairman

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

* Air Berlin's administrator sues Etihad for up to 2 bln euros

* Sharjah government to take stake in struggling Invest Bank

* Finablr's UAE Exchange, Ripple to begin blockchain payments by Q1

* UAE, Saudi Arabia start work on fintech for cross-border settlements

* BRIEF-Dubai's Marka Says Group CEO Benoit Lamonerle Resigns 

* UAE minister welcomes ceasefire agreement for Yemen's Hodeidah 

* BRIEF-Emirates Takes Delivery Of Last Boeing 777-300ER Aircraft

* BUZZ-Dana Gas jumps on production increase 

* BRIEF-Dubai's Gulfa Shareholders To Decide Whether To Dissolve Firm 

QATAR

* Qatar says Gulf Arab bloc needs reform to give it teeth 

* Qatar's private sector grew almost 6 pct in 2018 despite oil price volatility 

* Soccer-Infantino says he has wide support for 48-team World Cup in Qatar 

* Qatar 2019 budget projects small spending boost, return to surplus 

KUWAIT

* Kuwait to allow foreign ownership in bank shares without caps-KUNA 

* BRIEF-Kuwait Set To Sell 40 Pct Stake In North Sea Gas Infrastructure Assets To JPMorgan - FT 

* Kuwait's Equate amends terms of $2.9 bln in bank debt 

* MEDIA-Kuwait's Agility considers bond of up to $1 bln in 2019 - The National 

OMAN

* Oman to cut oil output by 2 pct for 6 months 

BAHRAIN

* Bahrain central bank publishes draft rules on digital assets 

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

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