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|20 March, 2019

Mideast Stocks: Factors to watch on March 20

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

Image used for illustrative purpose. Traders monitor stock information at Dubai Financial Market, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 5, 2017.

Image used for illustrative purpose. Traders monitor stock information at Dubai Financial Market, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 5, 2017.

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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-Asian shares slip from 6-month high ahead of Fed policy decision

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* MIDEAST STOCKS-Saudi inches up after index inclusion, Egypt hits 3-month low

* PRECIOUS-Gold prices slip as dollar firms ahead of Fed decision

* Oil pulls back from 4-month highs amid economic growth concerns

* Thousands demonstrate in Algiers as protest leaders tell army to stay away

* Islamic State loses big part of enclave, SDF sees defeat "very soon"

* Israeli forces kill Palestinian suspected of deadly attack in West Bank

* U.S. says Iran missile programme destabilising Middle East

* Iran sends 300,000 barrels of gas condensate for export from new phase of South Pars gas field

* Plane catches fire at Tehran airport; 100 passengers evacuated unhurt -state TV

* Iranian security official denies unconfirmed report of Zanganeh arrest -Mehr

* Morocco keeps benchmark interest rate unchanged at 2.25 pct

* IMF mission to visit Tunisia next week to discuss fifth review of loan

* At least 10 migrants die when boat sinks off Libyan coast - official

EGYPT

* Egypt, Nissan agree to produce 100,000 cars a year - minister

* Egypt targets budget deficit of 7.2 pct, GDP growth of 6.1 pct in FY 19/20 -minister

SAUDI ARABIA

* Saudi Arabia invests $23 billion to improve living in Riyadh

* Saudi consumer prices fall for second straight month in February

* Blackstone-backed GEMS is said to bid for top Saudi school chain - Bloomberg

* Germany's SPD wants to extend arms export halt to Saudi

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

* Abu Dhabi's Mubadala Development reviving plans to sell Falcon Private Bank - Bloomberg

* Dubai's DAMAC considers up to £500 million UK investment - Arab News

* BREAKINGVIEWS-Etihad is strapped in too tightly at Jet Airways

* Jet Airways crisis worsens as Indian government steps in, pilots threaten strike

QATAR

* Qatar to launch energy-focused Islamic bank with $10 bln capital

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

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