Mideast Stocks: Factors to watch on March 3

Asian stocks edge higher, Aussie in demand on recovery signs

  
Investors speak in the lobby of the Dubai Financial Market after Joe Biden won the U.S. presidency, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates November 8, 2020.

Investors speak in the lobby of the Dubai Financial Market after Joe Biden won the U.S. presidency, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates November 8, 2020.

REUTERS/Christopher Pike

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 edge higher, Aussie in demand on recovery signs  

* Oil rises on demand hopes after days of sell-off  

* MIDEAST STOCKS-Major Gulf markets gain; ex-dividend stocks drag down Qatar  

* PRECIOUS-Firm U.S. yields keep gold under pressure  

* OPEC sees positive oil market outlook, continued downside risks  

* France, allies to push on with protest at IAEA over Iran's activities - foreign minister  

* BREAKINGVIEWS-Biden finds Mohammed bin Salman is too big to nail  

* Media watchdog seeks German investigation of Saudi crown prince over Khashoggi death 

* Israeli defence chief sees 'special security arrangement' with Gulf states 

* Crisis-hit Lebanese pound falls to new low of 10,000 to the dollar  

* Two U.S. men charged with aiding Ghosn's escape land in Japan  

* U.S. Justice Department confirms extradition of men charged in aiding Ghosn's escape  

* U.S. Commerce sets anti-dumping duties on aluminum sheet from 18 countries  

* Sunni militants attack Iran Revolutionary Guards vehicle  

* U.S. blacklists two leaders of Yemen's Houthi movement  

* Iraq receives first batch of COVID-19 vaccines from China 

* Palestinian COVID-19 vaccine rollout under fire over doses for VIPs  

* Syrian victims of chemical attacks file case with French prosecutors  

EGYPT

* Egypt private sector contraction slows, buoyed by foreign business - PMI  

* Egypt's GASC says seeking vegetable oils in tender for arrival May 1-15  

SAUDI ARABIA

* Saudi non-oil private sector growth slows in February - PMI  

* Saudi Aramco, Chevron chiefs see global oil demand recovery  

* CERAWEEK-Aramco chairman says Saudi govt still planning stake sell-down  

* Predicting growth, Saudi's Ma'aden to boost fertiliser capacity 

* Saudi Arabia says COVID-19 vaccination required for 2021 haj - newspaper 

* Saudia plans to order 70 Airbus, Boeing jets - report 

* APICORP plans reopening of bonds due in February 2026 - document 

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

* Dubai's Emaar to buy out minority shareholders in malls unit 

* UAE's ADNOC to ease oil supply cuts in April - sources 

* CERAWEEK-ADNOC CEO says low-cost oil will remain central to the fuel mix 

* Abu Dhabi's Mubadala hires banks for euro bonds -document 

* UAE non-oil private sector grows at marginal pace in February - PMI 

QATAR

* Dutch postpone Qatar trade mission over World Cup worker concerns 

* CERAWEEK-Qatar to detail next LNG expansion within a year 

KUWAIT

* Kuwait wealth fund in talks with KPC on $20 bln-plus dividends - sources  

* Kuwait reappoints oil, finance ministers in new Cabinet  

BAHRAIN

* Bahrain expects $3.2 bln deficit in 2021, 5% economic growth  

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

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