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| 14 May, 2018

MIDEAST - Factors to watch - May 14

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

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-Asian stocks up on U.S.-China thaw, Malaysian shares bounce, ringgit falls 

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* MIDEAST STOCKS-Blue chips help Saudi stocks lead regional gains 

* Oil ebbs from multi-year highs on surge in U.S. drilling, Iran sanctions opposition

* PRECIOUS-Gold rises as U.S. rate-hike view grounds dollar 

* Rouhani says Iran may remain part of nuclear accord 

* Rhetoric over U.S. exit from Iran deal rises amid threat of sanctions 

* Firebrand nationalist cleric Sadr leads Iraq election 

* Most foreign envoys absent as Israel, U.S. launch embassy festivities 

* The Palestinian whose life spans the "Catastrophe" of his people 

* Iran court sentences eight men to death over Islamic State attack

* Germany sees difficulties in shielding firms after U.S. exits Iran deal 

EGYPT

* Egypt beefs up security outside metro stations after fare rise protests 

SAUDI ARABIA

* Geopolitics turn foreign investors net sellers of Saudi stocks last week

* BRIEF-Saudi's GASCO Board Proposes Q1, Q2, Q3 and Q4 Dividend

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

* UAE state oil giant ADNOC plans to invest $45 bln in downstream expansion 

* UAE's Dana Gas agrees $700 mln sukuk restructuring deal

* BRIEF-Shuaa Capital Updates On Acquisition On Amwal International Investment 

* UAE energy minister says focus on oil inventory at next OPEC meeting 

* Virgin Mobile Middle East raises $30 mln in pre-IPO financing 

* BUZZ-Abu Dhabi's Union National Bank falls on Q1 earnings miss 

KUWAIT

* TABLE-Kuwait bank lending, money supply growth slow in March 

* BRIEF-Kuwait's Agility Raises Credit Line To $725 Mln

* BRIEF-Kuwait's KIPCO Q1 Profit Rises

BAHRAIN

* TABLE-Bahrain March bank lending growth flat, M2 growth slows 

* Bahrain central bank's foreign assets hit 7-month low 

* BRIEF-Bahrain's GFH Financial Q1 Profit Rises 

OMAN

* Total set to develop natural gas resources in Oman

(Reporting by Dubai newsroom) ((Dubai.Newsroom@thomsonreuters.com;))