Mideast Stocks: Factors to watch on December 24

Asian stocks and pound cheer Brexit, Alibaba slumps on monopoly probe

  
Traders monitor stocks at the Dubai Stock Exchange in the Dubai World Trade Center.

Traders monitor stocks at the Dubai Stock Exchange in the Dubai World Trade Center.

REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

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-Asian stocks and pound cheer Brexit, Alibaba slumps on monopoly probe  

* Oil rises on U.S. inventory draw, Brexit deal hopes 

* PRECIOUS-Gold firms on weaker dollar, U.S. stimulus bets 

* MIDEAST STOCKS-Dubai leads most Gulf markets higher; Qatar dips

* Qatar minister calls for de-escalation of Gulf crisis, Gulf-Iran dialogue 

* Israel hopes for rapprochement with fifth Muslim country before Trump exit - minister 

* Dubai to begin inoculations with Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine from Wednesday 

* Top U.S. officials agree options to give Trump for any attacks on Americans in Iraq

* Egypt seeks more coronavirus vaccines as infections surge

* Lebanon to ask consultants A&M to resume central bank audit 

* DP World to build new port in Senegal costing over $1 billion 

EGYPT

* Eni Makes Oil Discovery In The Western Desert Of Egypt 

SAUDI ARABIA

* Saudi's CMA Approves Aljazira Takaful Request To Increase Capital To Merge Solidarity Takaful 

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

* Dubai's Damac Board Approves Increasing Ownership In Nine Elms SH To 40%

* Etihad Airways Says Entry Restrictions Into Abu Dhabi Will Be Relaxed

* Masdar Achieves Financial Close On 100 MW Nur Navoi Solar Project In Uzbekistan 

* Tabreed Announces Acquisition Of saadiyat Cooling and Saadiyat District Cooling 

KUWAIT

* Kuwait Financial Centre Repays Murabaha Facility To A Local Lender 

QATAR

* Qatar Airways Bolsters Connectivity In Canada With Announcement Of Daily Flights 

OMAN

* Oman Arab Bank Says Shareholders Of Alizz Islamic Bank Approve Capital Increase 

BAHRAIN

* Batelco Says Ihab Hinnawi Resigns As CEO International Investments 

(Compiled by Dubai newsroom) ((dubai.newsroom@thomsonreuters.com))

More From Equities