January 6, 2019 / 5:08 AM / 6 months ago

MIDEAST - Factors to watch - January 6

DUBAI, Jan 6 (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-U.S. jobs data, dovish Fed comments boost equities

* MIDEAST STOCKS-Most Gulf markets recover on financials, Qatar leads

* Oil rises on China-U.S. talks, gains capped by U.S. fuel build

* PRECIOUS-Gold slides after solid jobs data; palladium crosses key $1,300 mark

* Middle East Crude-Benchmarks edge up after Saudi Arabia raises OSPs

* Iran approves anti-money laundering bill to ease foreign trade

* U.S. says no timeline for Syria withdrawal as fighting continues

* Iran to send warships to the Atlantic, closer to U.S. waters

* U.S. says has yet to see credible version of Khashoggi’s killing from Saudis

* Dozens protest near Khartoum, organisers say leader detained

* Turkish 2018 trade deficit shrinks 28.4 percent

* Qatari Asian Cup organiser arrives in UAE after flight hiatus

* Libyan authorities seeking 37 suspects over attacks on oil, military facilities

* Iran says despite U.S. sanctions, it has found new “potential” oil buyers

EGYPT

* Egyptian explosives expert killed defusing bomb near church in Cairo -state TV

* Ethiopia expects Nile dam to be ready to start operation in late 2020

* Egypt to auction $750 million in one-year dollar T-bills - C. Bank

SAUDI ARABIA

* U.N. rights office says Saudi trial in Khashoggi case “not sufficient”

* Soccer-Italy’s Serie A under fire for men-only seats in Saudi final

* Saudi prosecutor seeks death penalties in Khashoggi case

* Saudi Arabia may need extra time to privatise soccer clubs

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

* U.N. calls on UAE to release rights activist Mansoor

QATAR

* Former Barclays bosses face London trial over Qatari cash call

* Soccer-Rummenigge defends Bayern’s Qatar training camp

* Qatar cuts December crude oil prices - sources

* Qatar central bank sells 500 mln riyals of T-bills

* Qatar GDP growth accelerates to 2.2 pct y/y in Q3

KUWAIT

* Kuwait resumes port operations at three ports - KUNA

BAHRAIN

* U.N. rights office tells Bahrain: Release activist Rajab

Reporting By Dubai newsroom

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