|25 December, 2019

Mideast factors to watch on December 25

Stocks hover near record highs, gold breaches $1,500

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 Wednesday. Reuters has not verified the press reports and does not vouch for their accuracy.

INTERNATIONAL/REGIONAL

* GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks hover near record highs, gold breaches $1,500

* Oil rises on supply cut pledges and slow return of Gulf field

* MIDEAST STOCKS-Gulf shares fall; Aramco closes lower

* PRECIOUS-Gold breaks above $1,500 on growth fears, stock market highs

* Turkish parliament readying bill to allow sending troops to Libya

* Iraq passes electoral reforms but deadlock remains

* Family members of man killed during Iran protests arrested -news agency

* Aid agencies stop work in Yemen town after attacks U.N. calls `alarming escalation'

* Morocco to suspend customs duty on soft wheat from Jan 2 to April 30 -draft decree

EGYPT

* POLL-Egypt's central bank seen holding rates after inflation uptick

* Egypt's GASC seeking soyoil, sunflower oil in tender

SAUDI ARABIA

* Goldman may stabilise Saudi Aramco shares following IPO

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

* Emirates' long-serving boss to hand over the controls next year

* Dubai Crude for March to be priced at $0.25/bbl below Oman

* Dana Gas says received one-off $42 million dividend from Pearl in Iraqi-Kurdistan

* Emaar says may raise funds against Burj Khalifa viewing decks, not selling them

QATAR

* Qatar Petroleum to start pricing its crude grades on forward basis in February

KUWAIT

* Kuwait and Saudi Arabia strike deal on shared oilfields (Reporting by Dubai newsroom)

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