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|21 February, 2019

Mideast Stocks: Factors to watch on February 21

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

An investor looks at stock exchange information at the Dubai Financial Market December 1,2009.

An investor looks at stock exchange information at the Dubai Financial Market December 1,2009.

REUTERS/Mosab Omar

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-Asia shares up on Fed outlook, Aussie dlr seesaws after jobs data

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* MIDEAST STOCKS-Dubai lifted by real estate as Gulf gains on global rally

* PRECIOUS-Gold hovers near 10-mth peak amid steady dollar after Fed minutes 

* Oil near 2019 highs amid OPEC cuts, sanctions on Iran and Venezuela 

* Saudi prince expects investment worth more than $100 bln in India

* China's desire for close Iran ties unchanged, Xi says ahead of Saudi prince's visit

* UAE eases Qatar shipping ban amid continuing dispute 

* Saudi Aramco in talks on further Indian investments 

* Iran's Rouhani says US sanctions are "terrorist act"

* Aramco Trading to open London office in overseas expansion - sources 

EGYPT

* Egypt's GASC says buys 360,000 tonnes of wheat in purchase tender

* Egypt executes nine over public prosecutor's killing 

* Bank Audi studies buying National Bank of Greece's Egypt unit -source 

* Egypt's food subsidy bill rose 4.8 pct in July-Dec 2018 - government 

* Egypt issues $4 bln in foreign currency bonds - finance ministry

SAUDI ARABIA

* Germany resists pressure to ease Saudi arms export halt

* OPEC+ technical committee sees Jan oil supply cuts compliance at 83 pct -delegates 

* Saudi Aramco to decide in H1 on financing SABIC buy - CEO 

* Saudi energy minister hopes oil market will balance by April 

* Saudi minister sees deal with Kuwait to resume oil output from Neutral Zone in 2019 

* Saudi Arabia to meet banks on export-credit finance plans, sources say

* Saudi Electricity Co to sign $4 bln syndicated loan

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

* DP World buys back Britain-based P&O Ferries for $421 mln 

* UAE Armed Forces Sign 2 Bln Dirhams In Contracts With International Companies - Spokesman

* Dubai's ENOC partners with India's IOC to expand abroad 

* Flydubai swings to loss on rising fuel costs and interest rates 

* E-commerce venture Noon expands operations to Egypt - Arabian Business 

KUWAIT

* Kuwait's Burgan Bank Q4 Profit Rises 

* Kuwait's National Industries Q4 Profit Falls 

* Kuwait's Gulf Insurance Group Q4 Profit Falls 

BAHRAIN

* Bahrain's Mumtalakat set to raise $600 mln in sukuk 

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

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