February 19, 2018 / 2:58 AM / a year ago

MIDEAST - Factors to watch - February 19

DUBAI, Feb 19 (Reuters) - Here are some factors that may affect Middle East stock markets on Monday. Reuters has not verified the press reports and does not vouch for their accuracy.


* GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares extend global recovery, volatility subsides

* MIDEAST STOCKS-Dubai underperforms in sluggish region, rate cut boosts Egypt

* Oil hits highest in nearly 2 wks on Asian equity recovery

* PRECIOUS-Gold prices inch up on weaker dollar

* Syrian Kurdish official: deal for Syrian army to enter Afrin

* Turkey denies allegation of chemical attack in Syria

* For now, U.S. wants Europeans just to commit to improve Iran deal

* ‘Bad guy’ Russia emerges as central player in Western diplomacy

* Careem acquires Middle East online restaurant listing platform, to trial food delivery

* Sudan releases political prisoners from Khartoum jails

* All 65 passengers, crew feared dead in Iranian plane crash


* Egypt aims to sell Eurobonds worth $3-$4 bln in FY18/19 - deputy finance minister to Al Arabiya

* Egypt to import 3 LNG cargoes from France’s Engie for Q2 2018 -sources


* In boost to reform, Saudi Arabia’s cabinet approves bankruptcy law

* Saudi Arabia welcomes push for UN action against Iran on missiles

* TABLE-Saudi Arabia Q4 earnings estimates (2)

* TABLE-Saudi Arabia Q4 earnings estimates (1)


* Nasdaq Dubai launches Abu Dhabi, Dubai equity index futures


* Qatar National Bank to sell small stake in Egypt unit to comply with listing rules

* TABLE-Qatar Q4 earnings estimates


* TABLE-Kuwait Q4 earnings estimates


* TABLE-Bahrain Q4 earnings estimates


* Oman Gas working with banks on $1 bln bridge loan -sources (Compiled by Dubai newsroom)

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