August 20, 2017 / 4:21 AM / a year ago

MIDEAST STOCKS - Factors to watch - August 20

DUBAI, Aug 20 (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.


* GLOBAL MARKETS-Week of U.S. political drama hurts stocks, dollar

* MIDEAST STOCKS-Major Gulf bourses end week on firm footing, Egypt slips

* Oil jumps 3 pct as dollar falls, U.S. rig count drops

* PRECIOUS-Gold near flat after surging to 9-month high on geopolitical worries

* Lebanese army, Hezbollah announce offensives against Islamic State on Syrian border

* Iraqi forces prepare to retake Tal Afar from Islamic State militants

* U.S. Defense Secretary Mattis to visit Jordan, Turkey, Ukraine

* Yemen violence worsening, more access to north needed: U.N.

* Clashes kill two in Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon

* Tunisia’s interim finance minister quits over conflict of interests case

* Erdogan tells Turks in Germany to vote against Merkel

* Assad advisor says Syria war nearing its end

* Middle East Crude-Benchmarks hold firm, Russian premiums at multi-month high

* Assad advisor says Syria war nearing its end

* SPECIAL REPORT-How Syria continued to gas its people as the world looked on

* Gulf project awards slumped in H1 but will pick up -MEED study

* Shell lifts its first crude cargo from Libya in 5 years - industry sources


* Egypt’s central bank keeps key interest rates unchanged

* Egypt’s ESIIC buys 50,000 tonnes of raw sugar in tender -trade

* Egypt’s GB Auto sees demand revival as dealers’ inventories fall

* Egypt’s first bitcoin exchange to begin trading this month

* Two killed on Gaza-Egypt border in confrontation between Hamas and rival Islamist militants

* INTERVIEW-New Egyptian law to allow companies to register within hours

* Average yields rise on Egypt’s six-month, one-year T-bills

* Egypt’s central bank says to hold auction for 1-year euro-denominated T-bills


* Saudi central bank says Qatari pilgrims can change riyals

* Saudi Arabia installing cranes at Yemen ports to boost aid delivery

* Saudi coalition to blame for half of Yemen child casualties: draft U.N. report

* Saudi Arabia to restart work on $26.6 bln Grand Mosque expansion

* Saudi Arabia tenders to buy 480,000 tonnes hard wheat

* BRIEF-Saudi’s Fawaz Alhokair Q1 profit rises

* Saudi Arabia crude oil exports fall slightly in June -JODI


* Future of Air Berlin’s Niki uncertain as Lufthansa begins talks

* INTERVIEW-UAE’s Topaz Energy eyes expansion, better growth in 2018

* BRIEF-UAE’s Tabreed says ENGIE completes acquisition of 40 pct stake in co


* First group of Qatari pilgrims enter Saudi Arabia by land -Saudi TV

* EXCLUSIVE-China’s CEFC in early talks to buy Rosneft stake

* BUZZ-Qatar sells Oct al-Shaheen at highest average premium in 10 mths


* TABLE-Bahrain money supply growth slows in April, bank lending shrinks

* BRIEF-Investcorp SA to buy interest in a Swiss private bank

Compiled by Dubai Newsroom

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