September 11, 2013 / 3:05 AM / 4 years ago

MIDEAST STOCKS - Factors to watch - Sept 11

(Adds Drake and Scull contract win)

DUBAI, Sept 11 (Reuters) - Here are some factors that may affect Middle East stock markets on Wednesday. Reuters has not verified the press reports and does not vouch for their accuracy.

INTERNATIONAL/REGIONAL

* GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian stocks still basking in optimistic China glow, yen down

* Oil hits two-week low as Syria tensions ease

* Gold climbs, but stays near 3-week low

* MIDEAST STOCKS-Markets jump, Dubai soars 8.5 pct; Syria strike may be averted

* Syria vows to give up chemical weapons, Obama cautious about deal

* Obama vows to explore diplomatic route on Syria chemical weapons

* Iraq oil exports currently at 2.5 mln bpd, steady from Aug

* Iran’s Rouhani says time for resolving nuclear dispute limited

* Yemen sets up $1.2 bln fund for sacked state employees, soldiers

* Bombs target Iraqi Shi‘ites and Sunnis, at least 20 dead

* Gulf Arabs say Russian plan will not stop Syrian bloodshed

* Turkish markets jump on easing Syria worries

* China demand, Mideast turmoil boost shipping costs

* OPEC sees enough oil now, market share fall looms

EGYPT

* Egypt’s former chief-of-staff to be released after detention

* Egypt’s GASC buys 235,000 T Russian, Ukrainian, Romanian wheat

* Egyptian inflation slows to 9.7 pct in August

* Egypt bans mosque preachers in crackdown on Islamists

* Amnesty decries “extreme political violence” in Egypt

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

* Drake and Scull wins 251 mln dirhams Abu Dhabi contract

* Brazil’s MMX in talks with Mubadala, Trafigura to sell iron port

* TABLE-Dubai H1 imports +16 pct y/y, re-exports +13 pct

* Fitch Upgrades Tamweel to ‘A’, Withdraws Ratings

* SocGen avoiding Goldman missteps with $300 mln sukuk plan

* Abu Dhabi cuts Nov Murban crude supply to Asia by 5 pct

* Dubai mall with ski slope plans $273 mln expansion

* TABLE-UAE July bank lending growth highest since at least 2009

* Dubai Holding investment unit extends $1.2 bln loan

* First Gulf Bank of Abu Dhabi to cut 10 pct of workforce -sources

SAUDI ARABIA

* Saudi giant Jubail refinery plans to offer first product cargoes

* Saudi Almarai says shareholders approve 50 pct capital hike

QATAR

* Qatar c.bank says money market still liquid despite Syria

* Qatar right venue for 2022 World Cup insists Blatter

KUWAIT

* Kuwait sets Oct crude OSP to Asia 40 cents higher

BAHRAIN

* Fitch Affirms Bahrain’s Ahli United Bank and Subsidiaries’ IDRs; Downgrades AUB’s VR

OMAN

* Mill in Oman buys about 30,000 T wheat from Russia (Compiled by Dubai newsroom)

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