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| 08 February, 2018

MIDEAST - Factors to watch - February 8

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

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 shares flirt with 6-week low as U.S. yields creep up  

* MIDEAST STOCKS-Most major bourses rebound but Saudi pulled down by petchems, cement  

* Oil prices fall as U.S. output soars above 10 million bpd 

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* PRECIOUS-Gold holds losses on firmer dollar amid rate hike views 

* Middle East Crude-Benchmarks weaken ahead of April trading 

* Iraq cuts March Basra crude prices for Asia, Europe  

* Citigroup targets rapid Middle East, Africa growth in 2018  

* France says Turkey, Iran violating international law in Syria  

* Nobel laureate says Saudi, UAE "betrayed" Yemen in push to expand influence  

* Al Rayan to price debut RMBS sukuk next week  

* Sovereign fund redemptions from global markets fall 35 pct yoy in 2017  

* Iraqi army moves to secure planned oil route to Iran 

* Iran to increase gas production from South Pars -Zanganeh  

* Erdogan calls on Turkish cenbank, watchdog to take active role in lowering rates - media  

EGYPT

* Egypt's foreign debt rises to $80.8 billion as of end of Sept

* Egypt opposition figure sees political motive behind assault  

* Egypt's fuel subsidy costs jump by 34 pct in first half of 2017-2018 - oil minister 

SAUDI ARABIA

* Saudi Arabia plans to seize controlling stake in broadcaster MBC - sources  

* UK watchdog wrestling with rule change to lure Aramco IPO  

* Building world's tallest tower going ahead after Saudi corruption purge  

* Air India asks to fly over Saudi Arabia on planned Israel route  

* TABLE-Saudi Arabia Q4 earnings estimates (2) 

* TABLE-Saudi Arabia Q4 earnings estimates (1)  

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

* Abraaj Group says KPMG has completed audit of healthcare fund 

* UAE's ADNOC to invest $3.1 bln to upgrade Ruwais oil refinery 

* Bank of Singapore eyes more private bankers in Dubai as assets jump 

* TABLE-UAE's Fujairah oil inventory data for week ended Feb 5  

* TABLE-Dubai Q4 earnings estimates  

* TABLE-Abu Dhabi Q4 earnings estimates 

QATAR

* Qatar National Bank secures $3.5 bln syndicated loan  

* TABLE-Qatar Q4 earnings estimates  

KUWAIT

* TABLE-Kuwait Q4 earnings estimates  

BAHRAIN

* Bahrain arrests four linked to pipeline blast-ministry  

* TABLE-Bahrain Q4 earnings estimates 

OMAN

* TABLE-Oman inflation falls to 1.1 percent in January  

* TABLE-Oman Q4 earnings estimates  

(Compiled by Dubai newsroom)