Mideast Stocks: Factors to watch on May 5

Asia shares subdued by tech retreat, U.S. futures steady

  

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-Asia shares subdued by tech retreat, U.S. futures steady 

* Oil jumps on steep drop in U.S. crude stocks 

* PRECIOUS-Gold prices edge higher as pullback in U.S. dollar lifts appeal 

* MIDEAST STOCKS-Saudi index edges up as Aramco beats quarterly profit estimates 

* Senior Swiss diplomat in Iran found dead after fall from high-rise

* EXCLUSIVE-Tunisia to propose wage, subsidy cuts in IMF talks, document shows 

* Syria says Israeli raids target Mediterranean port region of Latakia

* U.S. senators press Biden administration for new Yemen donor conference

* Lebanon rules out preconditions as sea border talks with Israel resume

* Bashir ally would prefer ICC to Sudan court for Darfur trial

* Iraq health minister resigns over hospital fire 

EGYPT

* Egyptian court rejects appeal against detention of ship in Suez Canal 

* Tourists offered glimpse of rural life near Egypt's pyramids 

* Cementing Egypt security ties, France seals large warplane deal 

SAUDI ARABIA

* Saudi Arabia approves license for National Bank of Iraq to open branch 

* Saudi Arabia cuts Q1 deficit, reaping benefits of fiscal measures 

* Saudi Aramco beats quarterly profit forecast, maintains dividend 

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

* Biden stresses importance of normalization with Israel in call with Abu Dhabi crown prince 

* UAE extends suspension of entry for travellers from India 

* Emirates expects to fly 70% of normal capacity by winter, CCO says 

* Dubai optimistic visitors will return but numbers unclear

QATAR

* Qatar's Baladna targets 15%-20% annual revenue growth over next 5 yrs 

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

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