|20 February, 2020

Mideast Stocks: Factors to watch on February 20

Asian stocks slip as virus' global impact puts markets on edge

General view of Dubai Financial Market in Dubai, United Arab Emirates September 16, 2019.

General view of Dubai Financial Market in Dubai, United Arab Emirates September 16, 2019.

REUTERS/Christopher Pike

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 slip as virus' global impact puts markets on edge 

* Oil rises on supply worries, while virus-led demand concerns ease 

* MIDEAST STOCKS-Saudi leads most of Gulf higher; Dubai bucks the trend 

* PRECIOUS-Gold eases from 7-yr peak as China bids to cushion virus impact 

* INSIGHT-Manufacturers entangled in logistical nightmare as virus-hit China limps back to work 

* EXCLUSIVE-Coronavirus poses risk to modest pickup in global growth - G20 draft communique 

* U.S. sanctions on Rosneft Trading seen shifting crude flows 

* Lebanon speaker Berri calls for Eurobond restructuring 

* NEWSMAKER-Iranian 'action man' sets sights on parliament

* Russia and Turkey failed to reach agreement at Syria talks - Lavrov 

* Syria's Aleppo airport receives first scheduled flight in eight years

* Yemen landmine kills six in convoy carrying defence minister, who is unharmed

* Pompeo says prepared to talk to Iran "anytime", pressure to continue

* Tunisia names new governmnet, avoids risk of early election

* Libya govt, Haftar's forces dim hopes of salvaging U.N. ceasefire talks

* Revolutionary squads guard Sudan's bakeries to battle corruption

* Iraqi PM-designate says he has picked cabinet, seeks vote of confidence

* Two Iranians die after testing positive for coronavirus - Mehr news agency

* Iran won't hand over 'damaged' black box of Ukraine plane-ministers

* ANALYSIS-Lebanon's bondholders braced for losses as debt crunch looms

* Crisis drives Lebanese abroad in search of better future

* Iran's SLAL tenders to buy up to 200,000 tonnes corn - trade

* Jordan buys total 120,000 tonnes feed barley in tender

* Tunisia tenders to buy 75,000 tonnes feed barley - trade

EGYPT

* WHO says man with coronavirus in Egypt is recovering, no longer a carrier

* Egypt posts GDP growth of 5.6% in 6 months to Dec

* Egypt has strategic wheat reserves for 4.7 months

SAUDI ARABIA

* Pompeo in Saudi Arabia to talk Iran, economy and human rights

* Islamic Development Bank sells $2 bln five-year sukuk - document

* Saudi Dar Al Arkan sells $400 mln seven-year sukuk - document

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

* Citi, Deutsche start talks to sell $9 bln Dubai port company debt - sources

* UAE regulator to investigate Pakistan bank for money laundering

* Dubai's Emirates NBD sells A$700 mln 10-yr kangaroo bonds

* Abu Dhabi announces 10 bln dirham infrastructure tenders - WAM

* Soccer-City CEO says allegations untrue and "about politics"

QATAR

* Qatar Airways spends $600 mln to lift stake in BA owner to 25%

* QP sells April-loading al-Shaheen crude at small premiums on average-sources

* FACTBOX-Qatar's investments in Britain: Barclays, Sainsbury's, Harrods and IAG

KUWAIT

* Kuwaiti parliament to investigate Airbus aircraft orders

* Kuwait parliament approves bill to establish sharia board - KUNA

* Kuwait posts 2.3 bln dinars deficit in period April 2019-Jan 2020

OMAN

* Oman grants gas exploration concession to Total and Thailand's PTTEP -ministry

* French judges step up Ghosn probe over palace party, Oman dealings

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

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