|15 December, 2019

Mideast Stocks - Factors to watch on December 15

Aramco advances for second day; Saudi sharply lower 

Saudi men inspect a screen showing stock prices at ANB Bank in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia September 16, 2019.

Saudi men inspect a screen showing stock prices at ANB Bank in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia September 16, 2019.

REUTERS/Ahmed Yosri

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- Shares gain, oil rises, but caution lingers on U.S.-China deal

* Oil nears 3-month high as trade hopes, UK election boost sentiment

* MIDEAST STOCKS- Aramco advances for second day; Saudi sharply lower 

* PRECIOUS- Gold gains as lack of details on trade deal lifts demand 

* Oil market set to stay oversupplied despite OPEC+ pact -IEA 

* UPDATE 2-Turkey cuts rates 200 pts as aggressive easing cycle nears end

* REFILE-UPDATE 1-Malaysia PM suggests he could stay in office beyond 2020 

* Iraqi KRG slightly delays payments to oil firms Genel, Gulf Keystone 

* UPDATE 1-Wintershall to carry out Sirte exploration in Libya at own cost - NOC 

* UPDATE 2-Turkish industrial output rises for second month in a row in October 

* Turkey says state banks to lower rates to single digits by year end -TRT 

* Erdogan says Istanbul canal project to go ahead despite mayor's opposition 

* UPDATE 1-Turkey, Russia 'very close' to second missile defence deal 

* Fitch warns Lebanon likely to default as rating cut again 

* Lebanon PM discusses possible technical assistance with World Bank, IMF -statement 

* Lebanon dollar-bonds rally on IMF, World Bank support hopes

* UPDATE 3-Oil market to remain oversupplied despite deepening OPEC+ cuts -IEA 

* Turkey says Tripoli government has not asked yet for troop deployment 

* U.S. sent troops to Saudi Arabia on defensive basis -Mnuchin

* UPDATE 1-U.S. Mnuchin says trade deal with China to boost global economy

* UPDATE 3-Former Sudan president Bashir sentenced to two years in detention for corruption 

SAUDI ARABIA

* UPDATE 6-Saudi Aramco hits Crown Prince's $2 trillion goal despite valuation doubts 

* Aramco shares closing price on Thursday put value slightly below $2 trln 

* Saudis hail 'fortune-telling' prince for Aramco price prediction 

* Saudi Arabia to launch multi-billion dollar transport projects in 2020 - minister 

UAE

* Europe's Wizz Air to launch Abu Dhabi carrier next year 

KUWAIT

* BRIEF-Kuwait's Al Aman Investment Board Approves Merger With Securities House 

* BRIEF-Kuwait's Boubyan Petrochemical Sells Entire Shareholding In Saudi Aramco 

QATAR

* Qatar Petroleum CEO says on track to expand gas production to 110 mln T by 2024 

* Qatar open to accepting all currencies in LNG trade - Emadi 

* CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-Qatar sees 'small progress' in resolving Gulf dispute, still believes in GCC 

* BRIEF-Qatar Investment Authority, Volkswagen Sign 'Project Qatar Mobility' 

OMAN

* Sultan Qaboos returns to Oman after medical treatment in Belgium - ONA 

* BRIEF-Bank Muscat Obtains Regulatory Approval For Fintech Investments 

* BRIEF-Oman's Majan College University College Q1 Income Rises 

(Reporting by Dubai Newsroom) ((dubai.newsroom@thomsonreuters.com))

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