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| 19 March, 2018

MIDEAST - Factors to watch - March 19

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

An investor looks down towards the trading floor of the Dubai Financial Market during operating hours in the Dubai World Trade Center in Dubai, August 9, 2007.

An investor looks down towards the trading floor of the Dubai Financial Market during operating hours in the Dubai World Trade Center in Dubai, August 9, 2007.

REUTERS/Jumana El Heloueh

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

INTERNATIONAL/REGIONAL

* GLOBAL MARKETS-Shares in the red as nervous markets await Fed

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* MIDEAST STOCKS-Gulf softens despite oil rebound; Ezz Steel lifts Egypt

* PRECIOUS-Gold prices edge lower on firmer dollar ahead of Fed meet

* PRECIOUS-Gold dips, down for week; market braces for Fed rate hike

* Turkish forces and Syrian allies drive Kurds from Afrin

* Oil major Total to seek waiver if U.S. reimposes Iran sanctions -UAE newspaper

* Iran has nearly doubled gas production at South Pars- Rouhani

* Iraq's SOMO chief says targeting more crude sells to Asian markets

* Republican senator expects Trump to pull out of Iran deal -CBS

* Iraq seeks investors to build two southern refineries -oil ministry

EGYPT

* Egypt names 23 state companies to float shares in privatisation scheme

* Egypt targets budget deficit of 8.4 pct, GDP growth of 5.8 pct in 2018/19 - PM

* Average yields rise on Egypt's three- and nine-month T-bills

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

* UAE's ADNOC awards Total stakes in two offshore concessions

* DP World buys stakes in Peru's No. 2 container terminal, India logistics firm

QATAR

* Qatar asks U.S. to investigate UAE bank for 'financial warfare'

(Compiled by Dubai newsroom)