|24 December, 2018

Mideast Stocks: Factors to watch on December 24

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

Image used for illustrative purposes only. Investors looks at stock exchange information at the Dubai Financial Market .

Image used for illustrative purposes only. Investors looks at stock exchange information at the Dubai Financial Market .

REUTERS/Mosab Omar

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

INTERNATIONAL/REGIONAL

* GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian markets a reluctant spectator to U.S. political theatre 

* MIDEAST STOCKS-Saudi banks decline on tax payments, Wall Street's decline weighs on Gulf 

* Oil rises on signs low prices crimping U.S. output though economic worries weigh

* PRECIOUS-Gold rises as investors shy away from risk amid US political uncertainty 

* Turkey bolsters military on Syrian border as U.S. readies pull-out 

* U.S. envoy in fight against Islamic State quits after Syria pullout 

* Iran Guards hold war games as U.S. carrier enters Gulf

* Advance U.N. truce monitors arrive in Yemen's Hodeidah 

* Lebanese protest over economy and politics, briefly closing some roads 

* Sudanese police fire tear gas at protesting soccer fans

EGYPT

* Egypt appoints new military intelligence chief - security sources 

* Egypt has 3 months' vegetable oil, 4 months' sugar —ministry 

* BRIEF-EFG Hermes Holdings Says Education Fund Attracts Investment Commitments Of $119 Mln

SAUDI ARABIA

* Saudi says oil market oversupply fell to 37 mln barrels in Nov

* BRIEF-Fawaz Abdulaziz Alhokair Appoints Marwan Aziz Moukarzel As CEO

* BRIEF-National Commercial Bank Announces Distribution H2 Dividend

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

* UAE: OPEC+ will hold extra meeting if output cuts "not enough"

* Dubai government to launch taxi venture with ride-hailing service Careem

* BRIEF-Abu Dhabi Bank Merger May Result in 1,000 Job Cuts- Bloomberg

* BRIEF-Union Properties Board Considering To Buy 10 Pct Of Capital For Re-Selling

* BRIEF-Gulf Navigation Says Khamis Buamim Resigns As MD And CEO

* BRIEF-UAE's Ajman Bank Proposes $1.5 Bln Sukuk Program

QATAR

* BRIEF-Syntonic Says In Negotiations With Vodafone Qatar

* BRIEF-Mazaya Qatar Says Considering Strategic Partnership With Al Bandari Real Estate

* BRIEF-Doha Bank Opens Representative Office In Nepal

* Qatar central bank says raises deposit rates to 2.5 percent

KUWAIT

* BRIEF-Kuwait's Burgan Bank Shareholders Approve Capital Increase

* Kuwait, Iraq hire consultant to assess oil production potential in border areas

* Iraq Oil Minister sees improvement in oil prices early next year

OMAN

* BRIEF-APICORP Announces $100 Mln Worth Of Financing For Oman’s Duqm Refinery

BAHRAIN

* Bahrain's annual GDP growth slows to 1.6 pct in Q3

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

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