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|20 September, 2018

Mideast stocks factors to watch on September 20

Here are some factors that may affect Middle East stock markets on Thursday

Investors look at electronic display boards on the trading floor at the Dubai International Financial Market March. Image for illustrative purposes.

Investors look at electronic display boards on the trading floor at the Dubai International Financial Market March. Image for illustrative purposes.

REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

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

INTERNATIONAL/REGIONAL

* GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian markets follow global shares higher, trade war still in focus 

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* MIDEAST STOCKS-Egypt plunges as liqudity tightens, Saudi climbs 

* Oil prices rise amid drop in U.S. stockpiles, supply worries

* PRECIOUS-Gold prices steady as easing trade concerns drag on dollar 

* Hezbollah leader says group will stay in Syria until further notice 

* Italy court finds Saipem guilty in Algeria graft case but acquits Eni

* Turkey, U.S. relations will strengthen with investment and trade - Erdogan speech text 

* U.S. seeking to negotiate a treaty with Iran

* Turkish banks agree to help businesses with loan restructuring 

* Emerging-market debt issuance on ice after turbulent summer 

* Algeria plans 1.5 percent spending cut next year -government document 

* Iran says OPEC producers will run out of options to replace its oil - WSJ

* Yemen central bank nearly doubles interest rate to halt riyal plunge 

EGYPT

* USDA Attache Report: Grain and Feed Update Cairo Egypt 

* Egypt "resilient" to emerging market turbulence - minister 

* Egypt to sell around $5 billion in foreign currency bonds in coming months - finance minister 

* Egypt to evaluate method of further state company sales in Jan -finance minister 

* Egypt's suez canal revenues rise to $502.2 mln in August - government website 

* Amnesty says crackdown turns Egypt into an "open air prison" for critics 

* Egypt, Cyprus in deal to pipe Aphrodite gas to liquefaction plant 

* Egyptian tobacco firm Eastern announces 5:1 share split 

SAUDI ARABIA

* Islamic Development Bank issues $1.3 billion sukuk

* ''Pakistan always stands by Saudi Arabia,'' Khan tells Arabiya TV 

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

* MOVES-First Abu Dhabi Bank's head of securities departs 

* Abu Dhabi studies restructuring options for $1.2 bln Etihad-linked bonds -sources 

* ADNOC Refining's Ruwais unit reaches full production of polymer-grade Propylene

* UAE central bank trims 2018 GDP growth forecast to 2.3 pct 

* BRIEF-UAE's Gulftainer Signs $600 Mln Wilmington Port Concession 

QATAR

* Qatar appoints Mansour al-Mahmoud CEO of $320 bln sovereign fund 

KUWAIT

* Al Ahli Bank of Kuwait prints $300 mln perpetual bond 

(FReporting By Dubai newsroom) ((Dubai.Newsroom@thomsonreuters.com))