MIDEAST STOCKS – Factors to watch – May 26 – Reuters

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DUBAI May 26 Here are some factors that may
affect Middle East stock markets on Thursday. Reuters has not
verified the press reports and does not vouch for their
accuracy.

INTERNATIONAL/REGIONAL

* GLOBAL MARKETS-Oil prices top $50, Asian shares struggle
on CHina worries

* MIDEAST STOCKS-Gulf rises on back of oil, global mood

* MIDEAST MONEY-Saudi should keep options open on currency
peg -c.bank paper

* Brent oil pushes above $50 for first time in nearly 7
months

* Gold edges up, but stays near 7-wk low on Fed rate hike
outlook

* Gulf banks report more loan defaults as oil slump plays
out

* Obama administration officials warn lawmakers over Iran
sanctions

* Russia’s Novak to meet Qatar’s energy minister in Moscow
on June 3 – statement

* Turkey’s nationalist MHP leader says to re-run for
leadership at July congress

* Arab Bank settlement over militant attacks tied to U.S.
appeal

* Turkish investment climate, not just presidency, a
priority -finance minister

* Germany, France hold back NATO, EU ambitions in Libya

* Iran-Saudi row threatens any OPEC deal, puts role in
question

EGYPT

* French, Italian firms to help search for EgyptAir black
boxes

* Egypt local wheat buying tops 4 million tonnes

* Egyptian exchange postpones Beltone Financial capital
raise -statement

* Egypt’s Qalaa says new oil refinery will cut government’s
import bill

SAUDI ARABIA

* Official retracts statement that Mecca’s metro project
delayed

* Saudi Aramco said to appoint JPMorgan, HSBC for debut bond
sale – Bloomberg

* Saudi Cement trims proposed H1 dividend

* TABLE-Saudi April inflation edges down to 4.2 pct

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

* Etihad Airways Partners raises $500 mln in second bond

* Dubai’s Shuaa Capital says no business impact from
lay-offs

QATAR

* BP, Shell among bidders to run Qatar oil field – sources

* Qatar cuts spending on new health facilities – official

* Qatar’s Texas LNG venture expects to begin exports by 2021
-advisor

BAHRAIN

* Bahrain’s GFH to list Khaleeji bank subsidiary in Dubai

KUWAIT

* Kuwait to sign $1 bln contract with Salini, Limak for city
project

(Compiled by Dubai newsroom)

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