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|23 December, 2018

Mideast Stocks: Factors to watch on December 23

Global stock indexes skid as U.S. government shutdown looms

An investor (L) gestures to an electronic display board at the Dubai International Financial Market, March 24, 2010.

An investor (L) gestures to an electronic display board at the Dubai International Financial Market, March 24, 2010.

REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

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 stock indexes skid as U.S. government shutdown looms

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* MIDEAST STOCKS-Oil and global stock slide hits Gulf but COMI buoys Egypt

* Crude drops more than 11 percent in week as supply weighs

* PRECIOUS-Gold down on profit-taking but on track for weekly rise

* EXCLUSIVE-Global traders halt new Iran food deals as U.S. sanctions bite - sources

* Turkey says it will take over fight against IS after U.S. pull-out

* U.S. extends sanctions waiver for Iraq to import Iranian gas, power

* EXCLUSIVE-Mitsui, Saudi Aramco, Russia's RDIF in talks to buy Arctic LNG 2 stakes -sources

* Russia, China, Iran sought to influence U.S. 2018 elections -U.S. spy chief

* French court fines oil group Total in Iran bribery case

* At least one dead as price protests enter third day in Sudan

* Nine more arrested in Morocco over murder of Scandinavian tourists

* Police use live rounds to disperse protest in Iraq's Basra for second week

* New Yemeni airline launches regular flights to Jordan

* New snags hold up formation of Lebanon unity government

* Iran says U.S. presence in Syria was a mistake from the start

* Head of U.N. team to monitor Hodeidah ceasefire arrives in Yemen

* Iraqi PM discusses U.S. withdrawal from Syria with Pompeo

* OTAS shares in Turk Telekom transferred to SPV -three banks

EGYPT

* In Egypt, weddings get costlier as economic hardships deepen

* Russia misses out in Egyptian wheat tender as prices keep rising

* Egyptian court acquits 40 NGO workers whose case strained ties with US

* BRIEF-Saipem, Petrobel Negotiate Zohr Field Contract Addendum Worth More Than USD 1.2 Bln

SAUDI ARABIA

* Reformist Saudi prince Talal bin Abdulaziz dies aged 87

* Boeing heads for expected 2018 plane order victory over Airbus

* Saudi Arabia: Afghan peace talks to yield "very positive" results

* Saudi Arabia modifies intelligence service following Khashoggi murder

* BRIEF-Saudi's Al Rajhi Bank Updates On Zakat Claims Settlement With GAZT

* BRIEF-Samba Financial Group Settles Zakat Claims Against Payment Of 2.32 Bln Riyals

* BRIEF-Saudi British Bank To Pay 1.63 Bln Riyals In Zakat Claims Settlement

* BRIEF-Arab National Bank Pays SAR 649 Mln To GAZT To Settle Zakat Claims

* BRIEF-Alinma Bank Agrees With GAZT To Settle Zakat Claims

* BRIEF-Riyad Bank Reaches Agreement With GAZT On Settlement Of Zakat Claims

* BRIEF-Riyad Bank Reaches Agreement With GAZT On Settlement Of Zakat Claims

* BRIEF-Saudi's NCB Settles Zakat Claims With GAZT With Payment Of 182.7 Mln Riyals

* BRIEF-Alawwal Bank Enters Into Agreement With GAZT To Settle Zakat Claims

* BRIEF-Banque Saudi Fransi Settles Zakat Claims With GAZT By Paying SAR 1.51 Bln

* MEDIA-Saudi Arabia Wants to Sell $32 Billion of Bonds in 2019 - Bloomberg

* BRIEF-Clariant, Saudi Kayan To Evaluate Alkoxylates Joint Venture

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

* MOVES-Standard Chartered makes senior Middle East appointments

* Pakistan to get $3 bln loan from UAE, eyes deferred oil payments

* UAE's Al Jaber Group agrees to $1.6 billion debt restructuring - sources

* TABLE-UAE November bank lending growth slows slightly, deposits rise

* UAE inflation falls further in November as housing costs drop

* BRIEF-Emaar Properties Says Total Sale Price For All Hotels Is AED 2.20 Bln

QATAR

* Qatar's emir offers support for Sudan - Sudan presidency

* Trump fundraiser Broidy hit with another setback in Qatar lawsuit

* EU close to agreeing air traffic deals with Qatar, ASEAN - sources

* Qatar central bank says raises deposit rates to 2.5 percent

OMAN

* BRIEF-National Bank Of Oman Updates On Possible Merger With Bank Dhofar (Reporting By Dubai newsroom)

((Dubai.Newsroom@thomsonreuters.com))

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