Mideast Stocks: Factors to watch on April 7

Asian shares climb to three-week highs on vaccine optimism, dollar retreats

An investor looks up at electronic display boards at the Dubai International Financial Market, March 21, 2010.

An investor looks up at electronic display boards at the Dubai International Financial Market, March 21, 2010.

REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

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.


* GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares climb to three-week highs on vaccine optimism, dollar retreats 

* Oil prices rise on stronger economic outlook, U.S. stockpile draw 

* MIDEAST STOCKS-Abu Dhabi index extends gains for eighth session; other markets flat 

* PRECIOUS-Gold dips as strong U.S. data sparks economic recovery hopes 

* Brookfield, BlackRock no longer in race for over $10 bln Aramco pipeline stake - sources 

* World powers, Iran hold 'constructive' talks on reviving nuclear deal 

* Iran indicts 10 over Ukraine plane crash, prosecutor says; Canada demands justice 

* Iran cargo ship attacked in Red Sea - Al Arabiya TV 

* U.S. charges New York cosmetics executive with Iran sanctions violations 

* Sudanese Cabinet votes to repeal Israel boycott law 

* Sceptical president invites Netanyahu to form next Israeli government 

* Lebanon's central bank agrees to give A&M info for audit -finance ministry 

* Israeli cenbank chief deplores lack of stable government, state budget 

* U.S. expresses concern over sentencing of Saudi aid worker 

* Death toll from clashes in Sudan's West Darfur climbs to 50 - medics

* Rebound in Iranian exports unlikely to shock oil markets -Goldman Sachs 

* Iraqi PM agreed on Saudi, UAE investment projects in Iraq, with value exceeding $6 bln - agency 


* Suez Canal may expand southern channel, chairman says 

* Three-way talks over Ethiopian dam fail in Kinshasa -statements 

* Egypt's GASC buys 345,000 tonnes of wheat in tender for Aug. 1-10 shipment 

* Traffic in Suez canal not affected by tanker's engine failure - canal authority


* Saudi Arabia's SABIC picks HSBC, Morgan Stanley for specialty unit IPO - sources

* Saudi cabinet authorizes minister to negotiate with Singapore on draft energy memorandum 

* Saudi-led coalition destroys explosive-laden drone launched by Yemen's Houthis - state TV 

* KPMG to convert Saudi unit to closed joint stock company 

* Saudi cabinet approves Banque Misr's license to open a branch in the kingdom - statement


* Abu Dhabi's Etihad starts direct passenger flights to Israel

* UAE's flydubai to have all 14 737 MAX jets in service by June 

* UAE's first nuclear power plant begins commercial operations

* UAE's ADNOC revises March Murban crude OSP to $65.16/bbl 

* Payments giant Stripe expands to Middle East with Dubai office 


* Qatar Airways calls for borders to reopen, says more airlines to need aid 

* Qatar Airways interested in potential Boeing 777X freighter, CEO says 

* Qatar Airways CEO says passenger demand unlikely to recover until 2024 

* MEDIA-Qatari Royal is among investors exposed in Credit Suisse supply-chain funds - Bloomberg News 


* Oman says citizens entering country can do mandatory quarantine at home 


* Bahrain's economy shrank 5.51% y/y in Q4 - government data 

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

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