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MIDEAST - Factors to watch - March 8

DUBAI, March 8 (Reuters) - Here are some factors that may affect Middle East stock markets on Thursday. Reuters has not verified the press reports and does not vouch for their accuracy.

INTERNATIONAL/REGIONAL

* GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares find solace in hopes of smaller Trump tariff

* MIDEAST STOCKS-Gulf stocks down with global markets; Saudi and Egypt defy trend

* Oil steadies after big fall, but soaring US crude output still weighs

* \PRECIOUS-Gold steady as investors await clarity on Trump’s tariff plan

* Middle East Crude-Dubai extends losses after producers cut prices

* One dead after Maersk Line vessel catches fire in Arabian Sea

* UK, Saudi to monitor shipping lanes before Yemeni ports open -Al Arabiya

* INTERVIEW-Air Arabia eyes 100-jet order this year after record 2017 profit

* Arab Summit in Riyadh delayed until April - state minister

* Palestinian parliament to convene for rare session next month, PLO official says

* Saudi prince says Turkey part of “triangle of evil” - Egyptian media

* Lebanon tribunal says enough evidence to proceed in Hariri assassination case

* Turkey’s central bank holds rates, weighing inflation, politics

* Islamic Development Bank gives initial price guidance for dollar sukuk - lead

EGYPT

* UN rights chief denounces “climate of intimidation” in Egypt before vote

* Egypt receives final $1 bln of $3 bln World Bank loan -minister

* Noble, Delek seek rights to EMG pipeline for Egypt natgas supply

SAUDI ARABIA

* UK’s May defends Saudi ties as crown prince gets royal welcome in London

* AR startup Magic Leap raises $461 mln from Saudi Arabia fund

* Air India says gets Saudi’s nod to fly from New Delhi to Tel Aviv over Saudi airspace

* UK still wants Aramco listing in London, will continue lobbying - minister

* Saudi crown prince seeks solution to banks’ $2.6 bln Islamic tax row -sources

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

* UAE inflation jumps with new tax but is restrained by housing

* TABLE-UAE inflation climbs to 4.8 percent in January as VAT imposed

* TABLE-Abu Dhabi inflation rate climbs to 4.7 pct in January as VAT imposed

* Emirates airline to start dollar sukuk roadshow on Thursday

* UAE healthcare provider NMC sees profit jump, eyes more acquisitions

* Embattled Abraaj frees private equity investors from capital commitments

QATAR

* Qatar Airways to report very large loss for current fiscal year -CEO

* Qatar central bank sells 900 mln riyals of T-bills

* Qatar sells April-Sept condensate to Unipec - sources

BAHRAIN

* Investcorp Names Yasser Bajsair as New Saudi CEO

OMAN

* Oman’s Bank Muscat launches $500 mln bond at 230 bps over midswaps - lead (Compiled by Dubai newsroom)

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