Mideast Stocks: Factors to watch on August 19

Asian stocks at 7-month highs after Wall Street cracks more records

  
An investor is seen at the Dubai International Financial Market, in Dubai, UAE April,16, 2018.

An investor is seen at the Dubai International Financial Market, in Dubai, UAE April,16, 2018.

REUTERS/Satish Kumar

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

INTERNATIONAL/REGIONAL

* GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian stocks at 7-month highs after Wall Street cracks more records

* Oil slips as demand fears outweigh strong U.S. stocks draw

* MIDEAST STOCKS-Saudi leads Gulf markets higher; Egypt retreats

* PRECIOUS-Gold dips below $2,000 as dollar slide briefly halts 

* Sudan 'astonished' at spokesman's remarks about 'contacts' with Israel 

* ANALYSIS-Iran's response to Israel-UAE pact: tough rhetoric, no action 

EGYPT

* Occupancy rates in Egypt's major Red Sea resorts 20-40% 

* Egypt's GASC buys 11,000 T of sunflower oil in tender 

* Egyptian bank Beltone diversifies in hunt for profitability

SAUDI ARABIA

* Saudi approves agreement with Saudi Arabian Chevron on Neutral Zone

* Saudi Arabia says verdict in Hariri assassination case marks start in achieving justice

* Saudi Arabia's SABIC picks banks for dollar bond - sources

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

* UAE sees 'alarming' increase in coronavirus cases 

* Mossad head meets UAE national security adviser - WAM agency 

* Israel opposes any F-35 sale to UAE despite their warming ties

* Foreign residents still need permission to return to Dubai 

QATAR

* Qatar Petroleum enters exploration agreement in Angola 

* Qatar Airways says issued over $1.2 bln in refunds since March 

KUWAIT

* Kuwait budget deficit could widen to $46 bln in 2020/21 -document 

OMAN

* Oman transfers powers from Sultan's remit in government revamp

BAHRAIN

* Bahraini PM, 84, has passed routine medical test

(Compiled by Dubai newsroom) ((dubai.newsroom@thomsonreuters.com))

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