Mideast Stocks: Factors to watch on December 3

Asian shares mixed, U.S. dollar near 2-1/2 year lows

  
Investors walk under a stock index board at the Dubai Financial Market in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, January 8, 2020.

Investors walk under a stock index board at the Dubai Financial Market in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, January 8, 2020.

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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-Asian shares mixed, U.S. dollar near 2-1/2 year lows 

* Oil drops as OPEC+ resume talks on output cut extension after impasse

* PRECIOUS-Gold prices slip as vaccine progress dents bullion's appeal 

* MIDEAST STOCKS-Saudi ends lower on weak oil, others gain on UK vaccine nod 

* SPECIAL REPORT-Iran expands shrines and influence in Iraq 

* Gulf area is still the place to be - Eni exec 

* Iran watchdog passes law on hardening nuclear stance, halting U.N. inspections 

* Iran outlines budget, promises less reliance on oil amid U.S. sanctions 

* IMF says Lebanon needs fiscal framework, strategy to fix bank sector 

* No global financial support for Lebanon until govt in place -French presidency 

* Lebanon says difficulties in sea border talks can be overcome 

* Israel edges towards early election amid Netanyahu-Gantz feud 

* U.N. refugee agency for Palestinians pays salaries, but crisis persists 

* Israel hands over $1 bln in Palestinian tax backlog in sign of warming ties 

EGYPT

* Chairman of Egypt's Juhayna Food Industries arrested 

* Rise in executions in Egypt in past two months-Amnesty 

* Foreign holdings in Egyptian treasuries rise to $23 bln - minister

SAUDI ARABIA

* Saudi Aramco says pump malfunctioned at petroleum derivatives distribution station in Jazan -SPA  

* Saudi Arabia agrees to allow Israeli commercial planes to cross its airspace -senior Trump official  

KUWAIT

* Coronavirus vaccines will be optional, free to all in Kuwait - PM 

* Kuwait's KPC signs deal to store 3.14 mln barrels of oil in Japan, news agency reports 

BAHRAIN

* Israel expects $220 million in non-defence trade with Bahrain in 2021 

* Blom Bank in talks with Bahrain's Arab Banking Corp to sell Egyptian unit 

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

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