Mideast Stocks: Factors to watch on October 19

Asian markets start on firm footing on vaccine, U.S. aid hopes

  
Investors walk under a stock index board at the Dubai Financial Market in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, January 8, 2020.

Investors walk under a stock index board at the Dubai Financial Market in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, January 8, 2020.

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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 markets start on firm footing on vaccine, U.S. aid hopes 

* Oil prices little changed ahead of China GDP data

* MIDEAST STOCKS-Egypt stocks hit by blue-chip selloff, Gulf markets quiet

* PRECIOUS-Gold set for weekly decline as U.S. stimulus hopes ebb 

* INTERVIEW-Trump envoy hopes Israeli-Arab peace deals will continue whatever the U.S. election result

* Top Christian clerics urge Lebanese leaders to agree on government 

* White House official went to Syria seeking Americans' release

* Syria needs up to 200,000 T of wheat per month to meet shortfall -minister 

* Tunisia government to pump $1.5 billion into state firms, agrees to raise wages

* Senior PLO official Erekat taken to hospital after COVID-19 condition worsens

* Sudan's premier backs demands for justice as ICC prosecutor visits 

EGYPT

* Egyptian grandfather becomes world's oldest soccer pro 

SAUDI ARABIA

* Islamic State tells supporters to target westerners, oil pipelines in Saudi Arabia 

* Saudi Aramco and SABIC reassess crude-oil-to-chemicals project 

* Saudi Arabia restructures top religious and advisory bodies 

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

* Israel, UAE agree deal to boost investment in each other's economies 

* Etihad lays off more flight staff, reassigns others - email 

* Israel, UAE to sign agreement for 28 weekly flights, ministry says 

* BRIEF-DEWA Fully Repays $1.5 Bln Of Maturing Bonds, Achieving Zero Debt Position 

BAHRAIN

* Israel, Bahrain formalise ties at ceremony attended by US officials 

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

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