Mideast Stocks - Factors to watch on February 7

Dubai leads major Gulf markets lower; Saudi index gains

  
An investor is seen at the Dubai International Financial Market, in Dubai, UAE April,16, 2018.

An investor is seen at the Dubai International Financial Market, in Dubai, UAE April,16, 2018.

REUTERS/Satish Kumar

DUBAI - Here are some factors that may affect Middle East stock markets on Sunday. Reuters has not verified the press reports and does not vouch for their accuracy.

INTERNATIONAL/REGIONAL

* GLOBAL MARKETS-World shares scale new peak on stimulus hopes; oil gains 

* Oil rises 1%, hits highest in a year on growth hopes, OPEC+ output cuts 

* MIDEAST STOCKS-Dubai leads major Gulf markets lower; Saudi index gains

* PRECIOUS-Gold gains as dollar retreats, U.S. jobs report signals slow recovery 

* Iran top diplomat urges Biden to return to nuclear deal 

* U.S. to drop Houthi terrorist designation due to Yemen crisis 

* Biden administration expects Saudi Arabia to improve human rights - White House 

* Saudi Arabia says Biden's speech reiterates U.S. commitment to work with allies 

* UAE says it's committed to working with US to reduce regional tensions-state news agency 

* Netanyahu postpones UAE, Bahrain trip due to COVID-19 lockdown 

* New Libya interim government agreed in U.N. talks 

* Thousands protest in Tunis despite police blockade

* Egypt frees Al Jazeera journalist after four years in detention 

* Race between vaccines and virus to shape uneven Middle East recovery - IMF 

* Sputnik-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine trials to start in Azerbaijan, MidEast 

* INSIGHT-In Saddam strongholds that fought America, Iraqis fear a U.S. departure 

* EXCLUSIVE-Sudan will decide to float currency once it has sufficient reserves, finance minister says 

EGYPT

* Egypt central bank keeps interest rates on hold 

* Emaar Misr For Development Signs Contract To Establish Hotel Project Under Name 'Vida' 

SAUDI ARABIA

* Saudi Arabia raises March Arab Light crude OSP to Europe 

* Malaysia's Prasarana to lodge graft report over Saudi project losses

* MEDIA-Trafigura, Mubadala said to weigh sale of Spanish copper miner Matsa 

* Arabtec Holding Says Wail Farsakh Resigns As Group CEO

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

* Denmark to lift UAE flight ban from Sunday - UAE embassy 

* Uber's Mideast business Careem sees recovery slowing as infections rise 

QATAR

* UBS hires HSBC banker as head of Qatar wealth business -memo

KUWAIT

* Kuwait should accelerate reforms to be less tied to oil price fluctuations - IMF 

* Kuwait Finance House Q4 net profit falls 22% as COVID-19 hurts economy 

BAHRAIN

* Bahrain says it foiled 'terrorist plots' to bomb two bank ATMs 

* Investcorp Appoints Harsh Shethia As Head Of India Business 

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

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