Mideast Stocks: Factors to watch on March 17

Asian stocks retreat as investors await FOMC outcome

  
An investor is seen at the Dubai International Financial Market, in Dubai, UAE April,16, 2018.

An investor is seen at the Dubai International Financial Market, in Dubai, UAE April,16, 2018.

REUTERS/Satish Kumar

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-Asian stocks retreat as investors await FOMC outcome  

* Oil dips on demand worries despite surprise drop in U.S. crude stocks 

* MIDEAST STOCKS-Gulf stocks gain on global rally; Egypt's shares ease  

* PRECIOUS-Gold firms on inflation bets; focus on Fed policy verdict  

* War in Yemen is 'back in full force,' says U.N. mediator  

* Iran enriching uranium with new advanced machine type at underground plant -IAEA  

* Israel's eToro to go public through $10.4 bln SPAC deal backed by SoftBank, others 

* Lebanon's protesters back on streets as currency hits new low 

* INSIGHT-Anger simmers over Syria's economic collapse, but Assad appears secure 

* Erdogan says Saudi Arabia wants to buy armed drones from Turkey

EGYPT

* Egypt expects to procure 3.5 million tonnes of wheat during mid-April harvest - MENA 

* POLL-Egypt central bank forecast to leave interest rates unchanged 

SAUDI ARABIA

* EXCLUSIVE-India readies Saudi oil import cut as stand-off escalates - sources 

* MEDIA-Citigroup names key banker on Aramco IPO as Saudi CEO - Bloomberg News 

* Saudi Arabia closes March domestic issuance of sukuk program at 7.674 bln riyals -SPA

* Saudi-led coalition destroys explosive-laden boat off Yemeni port of Salif - state media 

* Saudi Arabia Q4 GDP down from previous year but up on Q3 as COVID-19 impact eases

* Saudi's Almarai buys bakery manufacturer in UAE, Bahrain 

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

* BRIEF-ADNOC distribution shareholders approve dividend of AED 1.285 bln

* Abu Dhabi asks banks to pay $800 mln for airport project guarantees - sources 

* Abu Dhabi's Mubadala interested in buying NMC hospital business - sources 

* BRIEF-ADCB Group Completes Sale Of 49% Stake In Orient UNB Takaful To Orient Insurance 

* UAE's EGA pre-tax earnings soar on product flexibility, cost control 

QATAR

* ANALYSIS-Qatar tightens global gas market grip with bold expansion moves 

KUWAIT

* Kuwaiti cabinet approves bill supporting local banks' financing of customers hit by pandemic 

BAHRAIN

* Saudi's Almarai buys bakery manufacturer in UAE, Bahrain 

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

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