Mideast Stocks: Factors to watch on January 20

Asian shares hit a record high after Yellen calls for big spending

  
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.

INTERNATIONAL/REGIONAL

* GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares hit a record high after Yellen calls for big spending 

* Oil extends gains on hopes of U.S. stimulus and crude stocks drawdown 

* MIDEAST STOCKS-Telecom stocks power UAE gains; Saudi declines 

* PRECIOUS-Gold gains as U.S. stimulus prospects weigh on dollar 

* U.S. exempts U.N., aid groups from effort to cut off Yemen's Houthis 

* Qatar's foreign minister wants Gulf Arab nations to talk with Iran -Bloomberg 

* OPEC 'cautiously optimistic' oil market will recover in 2021 

* India blames Saudi oil output cut for surge in oil prices 

* Qatar suspends WTO dispute with UAE as Gulf conflict thaws

* ANALYSIS-Saudi overtures to wary Biden team driven by worries over Iran, economy 

* Middle East Crude-Benchmarks rebound on demand; Asian crude, condensate fetch firm premiums 

EGYPT

* EGX Says Muhammad Faraj El Muhairby Reduces Stake In Real Estate Egyptian Consortium To 10.9% 

* Egypt's buoyant state enterprises leave private sector in the shade 

SAUDI ARABIA

* Riyad Bank Announces Intention To Issue Tier 2 Sukuk 

* Aramco to do 'heavy lifting' in Saudi fiscal adjustment -BofA 

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

* UAE energy min says sees start of oil market recovery in 2021

* ADNOC seeks partnerships with U.S. firms in unconventional oil in UAE 

* UAE's Mubadala says signed MOU with Siemens Energy to develop hydrogen, synthetic fuel production 

QATAR

* Qatar National Bank sells $1 billion in 5-year bonds - document 

* Masraf Al Rayan Reports FY Profit Of 2.18 Bln Riyals 

OMAN

* Oman Arab Bank Terminates CFO

BAHRAIN

* Bahrain hires banks for multi-tranche dollar bonds 

* Gulf Air Signs MoU With Ras Al Khaimah International Airport

KUWAIT

* Kuwait registers first cases of new virus variant 

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

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