December 28, 2016 / 4:39 AM / a year ago

MIDEAST STOCKS - Factors to watch - Dec 28

Dec 28 (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-Asia follows Wall Street higher, upbeat US data lifts dollar vs yen

* MIDEAST STOCKS-Banks boost Saudi to high for year, rest of Gulf sluggish

* Oil prices edge down ahead of OPEC, non-OPEC production cuts

* Middle East Crude-Benchmark rises, Qatar’s Ras Laffan splitter starts

* PRECIOUS-Gold prices extend gains on strong technical signals

* Russia says Syrian government and opposition in talks

* First trial opens of alleged Turkey coup participants

* Iraqi PM says three months needed to rout Islamic State

* Kerry to lay out vision for Israeli-Palestinian peace

* Syrian opposition urges rebels to cooperate in ceasefire efforts

* Azerbaijan has started buying gas from Iran - state energy company

* Meeting of OPEC, non-OPEC monitoring committee proposed for Jan. 13 in Abu Dhabi - sources

* Gunmen kidnap Iraqi journalist in Baghdad, PM orders investigation

* Russia finds black box from military plane crashed in the Black Sea - TASS

EGYPT

* POLL-Egypt’s central bank to hold interest rates on Thursday

* BRIEF-Egypt Gas forecasts net profit of EGP 6.8 mln for 2017

* BRIEF-Eni signs concession agreements for Egypt exploration blocks

* Egypt’s purchase of 55,000 tonnes of sugar was non-tender deal

* Egyptian General Petroleum Corp seeks up to 178,000 T gasoil for Jan

* New Egyptian law establishes media regulator picked by president

SAUDI ARABIA

* Saudi bank SABB proposes 0.35 riyals/share dividend for H2 2016

* Saudi’s Sadara to start maintenance on mixed-feed cracker

* Iran says Saudi Arabia should be barred from Syria peace process - RIA

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

* Alitalia source denies press report about CEO departure

* Airbus postpones deliveries of 12 A380 planes to Emirates Airline

* Three foreign banks eyeing Turkish market -bank regulator to state media

KUWAIT

* Kuwait’s NBK, KAMCO invited to participate in Kuwaiti sovereign bond issue (Compiled by Dubai newsroom)

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