February 25, 2018 / 3:22 AM / in a year

MIDEAST - Factors to watch - February 25

DUBAI, Feb 25 (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-Stocks climb, gold suffers as rate-hike worries ease

* MIDEAST STOCKS-Emaar continues rebound but Dubai, regional markets mostly move little

* Oil climbs with support from Libyan outage, Saudi comments

* PRECIOUS-Gold heads for biggest weekly loss this year as dollar bounces

* U.S. ready to open Jerusalem embassy in May -State Department

* Libya’s NOC declares force majeure on 70,000 bpd El Feel oilfield

* Turkish forces shell convoy headed to Syria’s Afrin region

* Cyprus accuses Turkey of blocking ship again in gas exploration standoff

* At least 14 dead in attack on Yemen counter-terrorism base

* U.N. Security Council demands truce as air strikes batter Syria’s Ghouta

* Turkey says U.S. decision to open embassy in Jerusalem damaging peace

* BRIEF-S&P Says Iraq Ratings Affirmed At ‘B-/B’ Outlook Stable

* Palestinians angry at reports of early U.S. Embassy move to Jerusalem

* Iran hints at seaborne reactors while respecting nuclear deal

* Algerian consumers, firms feel pinch of import bans

* Albaraka Turk raises $205 million via Tier 1 sukuk


* Egypt’s strategic rice reserves enough to last until end-April - ministry

* Egypt sentences 21 to death for planning attacks


* Saudi oil minister hopes OPEC, allies can ease output curbs in 2019

* Saudi, UAE, Qatari leaders to visit Trump in March, April

* U.S. startup in talks for $400 mln investment from Saudi fund -FT

* India seeks ‘reasonable’ oil price from Saudi Arabia -minister

* Saudis promised double the fun in drive to lure back tourist dollars

* Novatek seeks Saudi Aramco as partner in Arctic LNG-2

* Saudi Arabia frees nine Iranian fisherman detained two years ago -Iran

* Jump in Islamic tax liabilities worries Saudi banks

* MSCI decision on Saudi Arabia to be independent of Aramco listing -executive


* Founder of Dubai private equity firm Abraaj hands over control of fund

* Djibouti ends Dubai’s DP World contract to run container terminal

* New tax pushes Dubai inflation up moderately in January

* BRIEF-DIB Says upto 1.65 Bln New Shares to be Offered at 45 Pct Discount

* UAE says not seeing oil investments at right level yet


* Qatar says Gaza aid spares Israel war, shows Doha does not back Hamas

* BRIEF-Doha Bank Seeks Shareholders Approval for EMTN Bonds Issue

* BRIEF-Qatar Islamic Bank Shareholders Renew, Increase Sukuk Limit


* TABLE-Kuwait inflation almost flat at 1.0 percent in January


* Bahrain’s Batelco expects profit rebound, M&A activity in 2018

* Fugitive Bahrain militants die at sea en route to Iran - activists

* National Bank of Bahrain eyes advisory roles on big projects, CEO says


* BRIEF-Omantel Board Proposes 50 Baiza/Share Additional Cash Dividend for 2017

* BRIEF-National Bank Of Oman CEO Ahmed Jafar Al Musalami Resigns

Compiled by Dubai newsroom

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