Mideast Stocks: Factors to watch on March 31

Asian shares defensive, set for monthly loss on bond rout

  
An investor looks up at electronic display boards at the Dubai International Financial Market, March 21, 2010.

An investor looks up at electronic display boards at the Dubai International Financial Market, March 21, 2010.

REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

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 defensive, set for monthly loss on bond rout 

* Oil rises on expectations OPEC+ will maintain supply discipline 

* MIDEAST STOCKS-Abu Dhabi outperforms Gulf markets 

* PRECIOUS-Gold faces headwinds from strong China factory data 

* Saudi Arabia announces $1.3 trln private sector investment push led by Aramco, SABIC 

* OPEC+ panel says uncertainties may impact oil demand recovery 

* Suez Canal works to clear backlog as shipping convoys resume 

* Saudi wants OPEC+ to extend oil cuts into June, source says 

* Iran rejects ending 20% enrichment before U.S. lifts sanctions -state TV 

* EU set to sanction more Iranians for rights abuses, first since 2013, diplomats say

* After firing Turkey's cenbank chief, Erdogan also removes deputy 

EGYPT

* EFG Hermes Says Sovereign Fund Of Egypt Subscribes In Egypt Education Fund

* Egypt's Sisi says response will be felt if water supply affected by dam 

SAUDI ARABIA

* Saudi finmin says 24 local private sector firms to invest in new programme 

* JP Morgan sees OPEC+ rollover to May, Saudi to extend its cuts by two months 

* GCC Consulting Market Contracts 12.4% in 2020 - Source Global Research

* Saudi Arabia's Fawaz Alhokair bets on retail rebound, to open new stores 

* OPEC internal report sees oil stocks falling more in 2021

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

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* MEDIA-U. S. climate envoy Kerry headed to India, UAE for climate talks - WSJ 

QATAR

* Qatar Petroleum takes over ownership of first-ever LNG plant

* Ooredoo Group Announces $750 Mln Deal For Sale Of More Than 4,200 Telecoms Towers In Indonesia

KUWAIT

* Kuwait parliament passes COVID-19 relief bill after govt takes oath 

OMAN

* Oman hopes ceasefire in Yemen is agreed 'very soon' -ONA 

BAHRAIN

* Investcorp Acquires Investis Digital 

* Bahrain appoints head of diplomatic mission to Israel 

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

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