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| 11 March, 2018

Mideast factors to watch on March 11

Oil prices rise nearly $2 amid broad market optimism

An investor looks up at electronic display boards at the Dubai International Financial Market, March 21, 2010.

An investor looks up at electronic display boards at the Dubai International Financial Market, March 21, 2010.

REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

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

INTERNATIONAL/REGIONAL

* GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks, oil rally on U.S. jobs data, Korea news

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* MIDEAST STOCKS-Banks and foreign flows boost Saudi market, Doha Bank weighs on Qatar

* Oil prices rise nearly $2 amid broad market optimism

* PRECIOUS-Gold off lows as dollar slips on slowing U.S. wage gains

* Iran's Khamenei says won't negotiate with West over regional presence

* UNIFIL says "no appetite" for war as Lebanon, Israel talk about border dispute

* Iraq's Shi'ite militias formally inducted into security forces

* France to provide 14 mln euros in aid to Lebanese army

* Palestinian killed during clash with Israelis in West Bank -officials

* Sudan central bank signs $2 bln loan with Turkish firm

* Tunisia central bank can't defend dinar, governor says

EGYPT

* Egypt expects budget deficit of 9.5-9.7 pct in FY 2017/18 - presidency

* Egypt drops case against Mubarak-era steel tycoon - judicial sources

* Egypt's inflation falls, paving way for interest rate cut

* INTERVIEW-Egypt's new tourism minister reviews airline incentives

* Average yields fall on Egypt's 6-month, 1-year T-bills - c.bank

* Egypt's annual urban consumer price inflation slows to 14.4 pct in Feb

SAUDI ARABIA

* Saudi Crown Prince signs off UK visit with push for fighter deal

* Saudi Aramco signs preliminary gas deal with Shell

* COLUMN-Saudi Aramco international share sale might never happen: Kemp

* Saudi concerned about risks with New York IPO for Aramco - CNN

* Saudi Dar Al Arkan Real Estate hires banks ahead of 5-year dollar sukuk deal

* Aspen Pharma may expand infant milk business into Saudi Arabia

* Saudi Arabia enlists lobbyists in quest to build nuclear plants- Bloomberg

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

* Italy's Eni and Abu Dhabi's ADNOC to sign deal on Sunday

* Senior UAE official says Turkey-Arab relations "not in best state"

* Emirate of Sharjah sells $1 bln sukuk -official

* Emirates Global Aluminium to keep working with U.S. customers after tariff decision

* U.S. State Dept approves $467 mln in military sales to Qatar and UAE

QATAR

* Qatar accuses UAE of seizing eight-man fishing boat

(Compiled by Dubai newsroom)