May 22, 2017 / 4:40 AM / 4 months ago

MIDEAST STOCKS - Factors to watch - May 22

DUBAI, May 22 (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.

INTERNATIONAL/REGIONAL

* GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian stocks post biggest rise in a month; dlr weak

* MIDEAST STOCKS-Saudi basks in Trump glow, most of region moves little

* Oil rises on expectation of extended, possibly deepened output cut

* PRECIOUS-Gold holds gains as Trump concerns support

* Trump tells Middle East to ‘drive out’ Islamist extremists

* U.S., Saudi firms sign tens of billions of dollars of deals as Trump visits

* Brooding Iran hardliners say they must still be heard after Rouhani win

* Trump targets ‘crisis of Islamist extremism’ in Saudi trip

* OPEC heads towards supply cut extension as Saudi signals most on board

* Turkey’s Erdogan vows fight against enemies as returns to lead party

* Bomb attack on Syrian Islamist rebel group kills 20 - Observatory

* Hezbollah calls U.S. administration ‘mentally impeded’ during Trump Saudi visit

* Israeli minister expresses concern over U.S.-Saudi arms deal

* Iran’s Zarif urges Trump to discuss avoiding another 9/11 with Saudis

* Gulf states, U.S. to ink agreement against terror financing

* Trump praises Sisi, says he hopes to visit Egypt

* Trump says ties with Bahrain won’t be strained anymore

* U.S. says Iranian-directed convoy targeted by U.S. strike in Syria

* Death toll rises in southern Libya attack, defence minister suspended

* Saudis, United States blacklist a Hezbollah leader

* Trump to visit Israel in search of revived peace process

* Iran foreign minister scorns Trump after speech, arms deal

* Saudi king says Iran at forefront of global terrorism

EGYPT

* Egypt refers 48 Islamic State suspects to military court over church bombings

* In surprise move, Egypt central bank hikes key interest rates

* Cairo lantern-maker champions old craft against Chinese imports

* Yields rise on Egypt’s three-month and nine-month T-bills

* Egypt procures 2.33 mln tonnes of local wheat since start of harvest -statement

* Egypt’s 4G wireless frequencies ready for use - minister

* BRIEF-National Bank Of Kuwait Egypt unit signs $300 mln loan agreement with SUMED

SAUDI ARABIA

* Saudi oil minister: continuing cuts, adding small producers to deal will reduce inventories

* BUZZ-Japan’s SoftBank surges after raising $93 bln with Saudi partner for tech fund

* BREAKINGVIEWS-Saudis place $20 bln bet against U.S. dysfunction

* Boeing signs defense, commercial deals with Saudi Arabia

* Melania Trump hails “empowerment of women” at Saudi company visit

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

* UAE minister sees chance for Iran to reset “troubled” ties with neighbours

* BUZZ-Dubai’s Gulf Navigation climbs on Q1 earnings

* BRIEF-Arabtec Holding unit wins 1.46 bln dirhams contract

* BRIEF-UAE’s Dana Gas receives additional payment of $20 mln from Egyptian Government

QATAR

* BRIEF-Qatar National Bank Syria Q1 profit falls

KUWAIT

* BRIEF-Kuwait Finance House denies any decision to merge with Ahli United Bank

OMAN

* MIDEAST DEBT-Oman front-loading funding requirements with planned dollar sukuk

* Oman appoints banks ahead of debut public dollar sukuk

BAHRAIN

* Bahrain’s top Shi‘ite cleric gets one year suspended jail sentence

* TABLE-Bahrain inflation edges up to 0.9 pct in April

Compiled by Dubai Newsroom

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