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DUBAI Jan 2 Gulf stock markets may have a slightly firm tone on Monday as most reopen after New Year holidays, although there is very little direction from global markets or fresh corporate news within the region.
Some foreign investors may remain absent as they haven't yet returned from the holidays. But many investors expect a stronger 2017 because of higher oil prices and governments' partial success in cutting their budget deficits.
A Reuters poll of 13 leading Middle Eastern fund managers, published on Thursday, found 62 percent expect to raise their allocations to regional equities in the next three months and none to reduce them - the most bullish view of equities since February 2014, before oil prices began to plunge.
A 0.4 percent gain by Saudi Arabia's index on Sunday may be taken as a modestly positive signal for the region in the new year. (Reporting by Andrew Torchia)
DUBAI, June 23 Four Arab states boycotting Qatar over alleged support for terrorism have sent Doha a list of 13 demands including closing Al Jazeera television and reducing ties to their regional adversary Iran, an official of one of the four countries said.
By Nicole Pinto June 23 Southeast Asian shares were flat-to-lower on Friday tracking broader Asia as a recovery in oil prices failed to boost sentiment, while Thai shares hit an over two-month high. Brent crude rose 0.3 percent to $45.36 a barrel after hitting a 10-month low earlier in the week, but has lost around 20 percent since late February as the global glut has persisted despite OPEC-led output cuts. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan w