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| 15 June, 2017

MIDEAST STOCKS - Factors to watch - June 15

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

DUBAI, June 15 (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-Stocks pressured by report on Trump probe, Fed hike, soft US data

* MIDEAST STOCKS-Saudi banks strong before Fed; Qatar bounces, Dana Gas volatile

* Oil prices struggle on doubts OPEC can rein in oversupply

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* PRECIOUS-Gold gains as stocks fall after report of Trump probe

* MIDEAST DEBT-Islamic finance industry frets as Dana Gas deems its sukuk invalid

* U.S. expands presence in Syrian desert, rebels say

* No apparent Arab plans to push for Qatar-linked U.N. sanctions -diplomats

* Turkish minister lands in Qatar aiming to help ease Gulf rift

* Algeria's Bouteflika urges spending cuts, warns on foreign debt

* COLUMN-Commentary: Inside Trump's Middle East mess

* Lebanon cabinet approves electoral law, expects May election

* Middle East Crude-Benchmarks dip; Qatar Marine trades in discount

* Gulf crisis seen widening split in Syria rebellion

EGYPT

* Egypt's parliament approves Red Sea islands transfer to Saudi Arabia

* In long-awaited move, Egypt central bank scraps currency transfer limit

* Egypt's current account deficit narrows by 38 pct in third quarter -c.bank

* Egypt's Ezz Steel could raise steel rebar output if tariffs continue

* Egypt keeps food inspection system for now, despite court ruling



SAUDI ARABIA

* Saudi c.bank raises reverse repo rate 25 bps, keeps repo rate unchanged

* Morgan Stanley CEO says Saudi Arabia could be 'major opportunity'

* Saudi Aramco seeks exclusive talks over India oil refinery stake - India minister

* Saudi and Bahrain planning new road and rail causeway

* TABLE-Saudi consumer price deflation deepens further in May

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

* One wounded in missile attack on UAE ship off Yemen coast -SPA

* China censures Emirates airline after two safety incidents - Xinhua

* UAE central bank raises repo rate by 25 bps

* Masdar consortium closes financing for third phase of Dubai solar park

* Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways to drop San Francisco route from October

* Abu Dhabi's Dana Gas gets injunction blocking claims on $700 mln sukuk

QATAR

* UN agency to assess airspace closure against Qatar, host talks

* Qatar signs $12 bln deal to buy F-15 jets from U.S.

* Qatari businesses find new suppliers after Gulf boycott

* Qatar National Bank sees no big deposit outflows

* Qatar Airways says majority of network unaffected by airspace restrictions

* Qatar withdraws troops from Djibouti-Eritrea border mission

KUWAIT

* Kuwait central bank keeps discount rate at current level

BAHRAIN

* Defence lawyers walk out of top Bahraini activist trial

* Bahrain central bank raises key rates by 25 bps

* Bahrain wealth fund Mumtalakat has up to $300 mln for new deals -CEO

* Bahrain draft 2017-18 budget projects slow progress in cutting big deficit

* Bahrain launches new rules for fintech firms

(Compiled by Dubai Newsroom)