Mideast Stocks: Factors to watch on May 2

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-Asian shares trade sideways as investors await fresh cues 

* MIDEAST STOCKS-Cement makers stir Saudi stock rally, Dubai slips

* PRECIOUS-Gold falls to 1-wk low as Fed ambiguity clouds rate-cut bets 

* Oil prices dip on record U.S. output, but global market tense 

* As Trump team prepares Mideast plan, Palestinians face financial crisis 

* Revenues boost Saudi Arabia's Q1 budget, expenditure up 8 pc

* Saudi-led coalition attacks air base adjoining Sanaa's airpor 

* Kuwait plan for northern mega city faces political hurdles

* Nations using oil "as a weapon" causing damage to OPEC -Iran oil minister 

* Istanbul election results divide Erdogan and nationalist allies 

* Central bank binge buying fuels red-hot gold demand - WGC 

SAUDI ARABIA

* Moody's Says Saudi Arabia's Debt Trend Will Improve Over Next 2-3 Yrs

* Saudi coast guard rescues Iranian oil ship in Red Sea, no injuries -SPA 

* Saudi's Petrorabigh Q1 Profit Falls

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

* Abu Dhabi lenders merge into ADCB Group as consolidation gathers pace

* Arab states support Sudan transition, want stability - UAE minister

* Average Dubai crude oil price in April rises to six-month high 

* Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala finalising $2 billion revolving loan -sources 

* UAE's Aramex Q1 Profit Rises 

* UAE's ADNOC launches 2nd exploration bid round for oil, gas blocks

* Abu Dhabi's ADNOC Distribution posts 6.6 pct jump in first-quarter profit

QATAR

* Qatar says tightening Iran sanctions harms oil consuming nations

* Qatar central bank sells 600 million riyals of t-bills -statement

KUWAIT

* POLL- MENA fund managers increase investments in Kuwait, UAE

OMAN

* Goal of June OPEC meeting to extend output cuts - Oman energy minister

* Reforms, fiscal consolidation key to ease concerns over Oman's debt – World Bank

BAHRAIN

* Bahrain responds frostily to French call for dialogue with opposition

* Eni signs offshore exploration and production deal with Bahrain

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

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