December 25, 2018 / 5:07 AM / in a month

MIDEAST - Factors to watch - December 25

DUBAI, Dec 25 (Reuters) - Here are some factors that may affect Middle East stock markets on Tuesday. Reuters has not verified the press reports and does not vouch for their accuracy.

INTERNATIONAL/REGIONAL

* GLOBAL MARKETS-Markets not merry as stock losses extend into 8th day

* MIDEAST STOCKS-Saudi banks rebound after tax deal, Dubai hits 5-year low

* Oil plunges 6 pct as economic slowdown fears grip market -

* PRECIOUS-Gold hits 6-month peak on stock sell-off, decelerating economy

* Saudi Arabia’s biggest bank NCB in merger talks with rival Riyad

* President Erdogan has invited Trump to visit Turkey in 2019 -White House

* Trump takes parting shot at Mattis and his view of U.S. allies

* EXCLUSIVE-Global traders halt new Iran food deals as U.S. sanctions bite - sources

* Israel to hold early election in April, Netanyahu says

EGYPT

* POLL-Egypt seen holding key interest rates as inflation retreats

* GEMS Education Exercises Option To Increase Ownership In Egypt Schools

SAUDI ARABIA

* MEDIA-Saudi friend gave Ghosn 3 bln yen guarantee on losses - Nikkei

* Saudi Arabia is China’s top crude supplier in Nov

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

* Insurance firm Marsh launches China desk in Dubai to tap growing commerce

* UAE says princess Sheikha Latifa living with her family in Dubai

QATAR

* Ghana’s first oil exploration licensing round attracts global majors

* Qatar’s QIMC Unit To Establish Glass Containers Project In Qatar

KUWAIT

* Kuwait appoints 4 new cabinet members, including oil minister

* Boubyan Petrochemical Offers To Buy Al-Awqaf’s Stake in Eyas

OMAN

* Oman signs with Arab fund two loans worth 150 mln rials to finance development projects-state news agency

BAHRAIN

* Bahrain summons Iraqi diplomat over criticism from ex-PM Maliki (Reporting By Dubai newsroom)

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