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|20 December, 2018

Mideast Stocks: Factors to watch on December 20

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

An investor looks up at electronic display boards at the Dubai International Financial Market, March 21, 2010. Image for illustrative purposes.

An investor looks up at electronic display boards at the Dubai International Financial Market, March 21, 2010. Image for illustrative purposes.

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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-Stocks slide as Fed's 2019 rates guidance disappoints 

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* MIDEAST STOCKS-Oil prices, budget weigh on Saudi while banks bolster Dubai

* Oil prices resume fall, shed most of their gains from last session 

* PRECIOUS-Gold steadies, Fed signals 'some' rate hikes for 2019 

* Trump starts withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria, claims victory 

* As U.N. mulls how to back Yemen truce, U.S. wants to call out Iran 

* El Sharara oilfield to reopen, Libyan government says 

* Lebanon's finance minister to stay as cabinet edges closer -sources 

* Iraq in deal with Schlumberger to drill 40 wells in Majnoon oilfield 

* Explosions rock Yemen's main port for second day after truce 

* Franklin Templeton grabs more Gulf corporate debt after downturn 

* Kremlin presses on with Turkey missile contract despite possible U.S. arms deal 

EGYPT

* Egypt buys 32,550 T soyoil in tender, passes on sunflower oil 

SAUDI ARABIA

* U.S. lawmakers seek oversight over any Saudi nuclear power deal 

* INTERVIEW-Saudi "comfortable" with oil prices, still seeks 2023 balanced budget-finmin 

* Saudi central bank raises repo, reverse repo rates 25 bps 

* Saudi corruption settlements will net "not significantly less" than $13 bln in 2019 -minister 

* Little room to manoeuvre as Saudi slows drive to cut deficit 

* Saudi energy minister expects oil stocks to fall by end of first quarter 

* Saudi starts work with SoftBank on 200 gigawatt solar plan-min

* Saudi may issue bonds in currencies other than dollar, finance minister says 

* Foreign investment in Saudi Arabia more than doubled in 2018 -minister 

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

* UAE central bank raises interest rates 25 bps 

* ADNOC picks OMV as partner for Ghasha project in Abu Dhabi 

QATAR

* BUZZ-Qatar Aluminium jumps on FTSE Russell index inclusion 

KUWAIT

* Kuwait central bank decides to keep discount rate unchanged 

* BRIEF-Kuwait Energy Updates On EGM Results Regarding Acquisition Of Co By United Energy Group 

* Kuwait court paves way for convicted lawmakers to lose seats 

* Kuwait's Agility in talks with banks to raise around $800 mln -CEO

BAHRAIN

* Bahrain central bank raises rates by 25 bps 

OMAN

* BRIEF-Bank Sohar EGM Approves 100 Mln Rials Bonds Issue 

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

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