Mideast factor to watch on October 18

Gulf financial stocks hardest hit by falling oil prices 

  
Traders react during the opening of the Dubai stock market June 26, 2016. Image used for illustrative purpose.

Traders react during the opening of the Dubai stock market June 26, 2016. Image used for illustrative purpose.

REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

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-Pfizer vaccine hopes lift world stocks; dollar, gold on the defensive 

* Oil dips on COVID-19 resurgence, fears of more supply 

* MIDEAST STOCKS-Gulf financial stocks hardest hit by falling oil prices 

* PRECIOUS-Gold set for weekly decline as U.S. stimulus hopes ebb 

* EXCLUSIVE-OPEC+ fears second virus wave could lead to oil surplus in 2021 

* A year on, Lebanon's protests have faded and life has got worse 

* Big European powers "deeply concerned" over Israeli settlement plans 

* Yemen war foes complete two-day prisoner swap

* Israel to start easing coronavirus restrictions as infection rate drops 

* Iran says one of two cyber attack targets was country's ports - news agency 

* Iran sees no arms buying spree as it expects U.N. embargo to end

EGYPT

* Egypt's strategic wheat reserves sufficient for more than seven months, says cabinet 

SAUDI ARABIA

* Saudi Arabia allows citizens, residents to perform prayers in Al-Haram Mosque - state TV 

* Saudi minister stresses bringing Israel, Palestinians into talks 

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

* Wizz Air Abu Dhabi receives final UAE regulatory approval 

* UAE, Israel working on double tax treaty to encourage investment 

* Dubai's Arabtec asks banks for debt standstill for subsidiary, sources say 

* Abu Dhabi Pension Fund, ADQ to invest $2.1 bln in ADNOC gas assets 

BAHRAIN

* Israel sends treaty delegation to Bahrain with Trump aides

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

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