Mideast Stocks - Factors to watch on February 14

Most of Gulf flat; Saudi index rises 

  
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, Feb 14 (Reuters) - 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-Stocks hit record highs; yields highest since March

* Oil edges higher on U.S. stimulus hopes, tighter supplies

* MIDEAST STOCKS-Most of Gulf flat; Saudi index rises 

* PRECIOUS-Gold eases as dollar ticks up; platinum set for over 10% weekly gain 

* Lebanon's Hariri says no progress made on forming new government

* First COVID-19 vaccines land in Lebanon under World Bank's watch 

* In memorial service, U.S. ambassador calls killing of Lebanese activist Slim unforgivable 

* Aid groups offer Lebanon's migrant workers a virus lifeline 

* France warns Iran against further nuclear breaches, jeopardising diplomacy

* New U.S. Yemen envoy meets Yemen president amid fresh efforts to end war 

* Israel's ICL Q4 profit up slightly, sees favorable commodity prices

* Morocco receives 4 mln doses of AstraZeneca vaccine from India 

* Sudan cracking down on ex-ruling party after violent protests 

* Dozens hurt by huge blaze close to Iran-Afghanistan border 

* Iran faces COVID surge in southwest, receives second vaccine batch 

* Iranian official arrested in Istanbul over dissident's killing -sources 

* Venezuela receives more airlifts of refinery materials from Iran 

* France, Germany, UK condemn Iran's production of uranium metal

* Iran conducts ground forces drill near Iraq border - state TV 

* Algeria's president returns home after hospitalization in Germany

* International Islamic Trade Finance Corp to lend Tunisia $1.5 bln

* At least 400,000 Yemeni children under 5 could die of starvation this year - UN agencies 

SAUDI ARABIA

* Riyadh hotels see uptick in January thanks to domestic demand

* White House says no call planned to Saudi Arabia 

* "Now we want real justice," say sisters of freed Saudi rights activist al-Hathloul 

* Yemen's Houthis say they hit Saudi Abha Airport, King Khalid air base with drones 

* Saudi-led coalition intercepts drone targeting airport - Al Arabiya 

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

* Dana Gas posts $376 mln 2020 net loss amid impairments on Egyptian assets

* Ireland to impose mandatory quarantine on Austria, UAE arrivals

* Sharjah's bonds drop as rating cut raises 'junk' status worries 

QATAR

* Minister says Qatar working for return to Iran nuclear accord - report 

KUWAIT

* Fitch lowers outlook on 11 Kuwaiti banks to negative from stable

OMAN

* Oman content with current Israel relationship, foreign minister says 

* Oman economy shrank 6.4% in 2020, IMF says

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

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