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MIDEAST STOCKS - Factors to watch - April 20

DUBAI, April 20 (Reuters) - 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 stocks erase early losses on bargain hunting

* MIDEAST STOCKS-Cement companies hold back Saudi index, Dubai's Arabtec shines

* Oil prices claw back ground after sharp drop, buoyed by US crude stock dip

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* PRECIOUS-Gold steady on geopolitical worries amid firmer dollar

* Middle East Crude-Medium grades slip into wider discounts

* Tillerson accuses Iran of 'alarming provocations' as U.S. reviews policy

* Morocco central bank says currency changes set for 2nd half 2017 -statement

* Turkey's election board rejects appeals to annul referendum

* Tunisia dinar falls to historic low against euro

* POLL-Gulf growth forecasts edge up as budget pressures start to ease

* EMERGING MARKETS-Emerging markets wobble as geopolitics renew bid for dollar

* Turkey's Borsa Istanbul chairman says plans IPO in 2018

* Saudi-based IDB targets 10 percent stake in Borsa Istanbul

* Albaraka Turk secures $213 million Islamic loan

EGYPT

* Egypt to raise maximum issuance of dollar bonds to up to $7 bln

* Telecom Egypt to offer 2G and 3G services through Orange Egypt

* Egypt's Raya Contact Center to start trading on April 27

SAUDI ARABIA

* China gathers state-led consortium for Aramco IPO - sources

* Possible Trump trip to Saudi Arabia being discussed - U.S. official

* SABIC picks Texas for potential project with Exxon Mobil

* Saudi Investment Bank reports Q1 profit of 344.9 mln riyals

* Saudi's Bank Albilad reports Q1 net profit 229.4 mln riyals

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

* Moody's affirms Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank's A2 long-term issuer ratings; upgrades BCA to ba1 from ba2

* Emirates reduces flights on five U.S. routes as restrictions hit demand

* Dubai's Emirates NBD Q1 profit rises 4 pct, meets forecasts

* UAE'S TAQA might sell some North American oil and gas assets - COO

* Newly-merged UAE bank posts 12 pct rise in Q1 profit

* TABLE-Dubai March inflation edges down to 3.9 percent

* TABLE-UAE's Fujairah oil inventory data for week ended April 17

* RAK Properties to raise $1.36bn to fund new projects - magazine

* Emirates Islamic Bank Q1 profit rises

QATAR

* Qatar's Gulf International Services Q1 profit falls

* Qatar's Al Khalij Commercial Bank Q1 profit rises

* Qatar's Islamic Holding Group Q1 profit rises

* Qatar's Doha Bank Q1 profit rises

BAHRAIN

* Industry body AAOIFI plans standards for Islamic endowments

* Bahrain Middle East Bank says AN Investment raises stake in bank to 68.22 pct

* National Bank of Bahrain Q1 profit falls

(Reporting By Dubai Newsroom)





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