|20 February, 2019

Mideast Stocks: Factors to watch on February 20

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

An investor follows stock exchange information at the Dubai Financial Market December 6, 2009.

An investor follows stock exchange information at the Dubai Financial Market December 6, 2009.

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

INTERNATIONAL/REGIONAL

* GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia shares rally to 4-1/2-month peak on hopes of U.S.-China trade deal 

* MIDEAST STOCKS-Dubai extends rally, Saudi banks hit on profit-taking 

* PRECIOUS-Gold prices hold at 10-month highs; markets await Fed minutes 

* Oil near 2019 highs amid OPEC cuts, U.S. sanctions 

* Trump aides ignored legal warnings in pushing reactor plan -Democratic report

* German halt in Saudi arms sales hurting UK industry - Hunt 

* U.S. concerned over Hezbollah's growing role in Lebanon 

* Troop withdrawal in Yemen's Hodeidah could start Tuesday, Wednesday: U.N. 

* Russia's Putin, Saudi King ready to continue energy cooperation - Kremlin

* Two hundred families trapped by Islamic State in Syria, UN says 

* Despite sanctions, Iran's oil exports rise in early 2019-sources

* Middle East Crude Discounts for light grades narrow after Saudi cut

* Ahead of Saudi visit, China seeks "deeper trust" with Iran

* Turkish end-2018 private sector long term foreign debt $210.6 bln - central bank

EGYPT

* Delta Sugar looks to raise output as Egypt pushes sugar beet

* Egyptian security forces kill 16 suspected militants - state media

* Egypt invites offers for dollar bond through Tuesday -finance minister 

* Egypt begins receiving offers for dollar bond sale -finance minister

* Egypt to issue dollar bonds worth $5 bln this week - local newspaper 

* Egypt's GASC seeking soyoil, sunflower oil in tender for arrival April 5-20

SAUDI ARABIA

* Saudi's Malath Insurance Renews Insurance Contract With Abdullatif Alissa Group 

* Riyad Bank Board Appoints Tareq Bin Abdulrahman Al-Sadhan As CEO

* Saudi's Petrorabigh FY Profit Falls 

* Saudi January consumer prices fall 1.9 pct as deflation returns

* Saudi Arabia plans to reduce light crude oil exports to Asia for March 

* Saudi's Al Ahlia Says Shareholders Did Not Approve Merger Offer From Gulf Union 

* Almarai Intends To Commence Meetings With Investors For Issuance Of International Sukuk 

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

* BlackRock, KKR plan $4 bln-$5 bln investment in ADNOC pipeline unit - FT 

* UAE's Etisalat Board Proposes H2 Dividend Of 40 Fils/Share 

* Dubai's Mashreqbank set to raise $500 mln in bonds 

* Fitch rates ADNOC AA, in line with Abu Dhabi's sovereign rating 

* UAE Armed Forces sign defence contracts worth $140.17 mln with intl firms

* Abu Dhabi Ship Building and Italy's Leonardo plan UAE Navy venture

* Dubai home prices to fall further in 2019 on oversupply - S&P 

* Dubai's DSI Appoints Khaled Jarrar As Group CFO 

KUWAIT

* Kuwait's Jazeera Airways Q4 Loss Widens

BAHRAIN

* Bahrain's Ahli United Bank Updates On Takeover By KFH 

* Bahrain's Ahli United Bank Q4 Profit Rises

* Bahrain's Ahli United Bank Board Proposes FY Dividend 

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

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