|19 January, 2020

Mideast Stocks - Factors to watch on January 19

Financials buoy most of Gulf; Qatar trades flat

Investors speak as they monitor stocks at the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange. Image for illustrative purposes

Investors speak as they monitor stocks at the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange. Image for illustrative purposes

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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-Shares set fresh records, lifted by U.S. housing data.

* Oil steadies as Chinese economy offsets trade optimism.

* MIDEAST STOCKS-Financials buoy most of Gulf; Qatar trades flat

* PRECIOUS-Palladium's relentless rally pushes it above $2,500 an ounce 

* Iran to send black boxes of downed Ukrainian plane to Ukraine 

* Sixty killed in Houthi attack on camp in Yemen's Marib 

* Scores wounded as security forces, protesters clash in Beirut

* U.N. envoy hopes for, but cannot predict, speedy reopening of Libya oil ports

* Iran's Khamenei stands by Guards after unrest over downed plane

* Iraqi security forces kill one protester, wound 25 -sources 

* Libya's conflict looks increasingly like Syria- U.S. State department official

* UK expands Hezbollah asset freeze, targets entire movement 

* Lebanon central bank asks banks to review politicians' transfers -circular

EGYPT

* Egypt's central bank keeps overnight interest rates steady

* Faisal Islamic Bank Of Egypt FY Standalone Profit Rises 

* Egyptian Exchange Says 5.9 Mln Shares Of Mohandes Insurance Block Traded 

SAUDI ARABIA

* France deploys radar system in Saudi Arabia to "reassure" kingdom 

* Russia set for long-term partnership with OPEC, says Gazprom Neft 

* MEDIA-Saudi Arabia has paid $500 mln toward cost of U.S. troops in country - CNN 

* BRIEF-Saudi's CMA Approves Taprco's Request To Increase Capital 

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

* NMC independent committee taps FBI ex-boss Freeh in Muddy Waters fight 

* MOVES-Dubai's Noor Bank CEO to leave amid merger with DIB- sources 

* ADCB Says Al Hilal Bank Agrees To Sell Al Hilal Takaful To Siraj Holding 

QATAR

* Qatar's Ahli bank net profit in 2019 at 675.23 mln Qatari riyal 

* Qatar National Bank issues $600 mln Formosa bond 

* QP sells March-loading al-Shaheen crude at lower premiums -sources

KUWAIT

* Moody's affirms KIPCO's ratings at Baa3, revises outlook to negative 

BAHRAIN

* National Bank Of Bahrain Closes Acquisition Of Shares In BISB 

* Bahrain's GFH Intends To Issue Sukuk 

OMAN

* Oman Oil Marketing FY Group Profit Falls 

* Oman's Sohar International Bank FY Profit Rises 

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

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