MIDEAST STOCKS - Factors to watch - Jan 23

DUBAI Wed Jan 22, 2014 10:00pm EST

DUBAI Jan 23 (Reuters) - 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-Asia waits on Chinese news, sterling soars

* U.S. oil rises to highest level this year on new pipeline

* MIDEAST STOCKS-Petrochemical stocks lift Saudi to 5-yr high; Egypt up

* Gold falls to 2-week low; platinum strikes set to begin

* China says all issues on table in Syria talks, including Assad's role

* Iran's Rouhani says possible to overcome animosity with U.S.

* Syrian enemies may discuss prisoner swaps despite talks acrimony

* Time to end al Qaeda presence in Falluja - Iraq's Maliki

* Jordan remittances rise 4.4 percent in 2013

* Europe worried as more and younger recruits join Syria battle

* Khamenei's business empire gains from Iran sanctions relief

* Big Algerian purchase in tender supports EU wheat prices

* Morocco inflation eases to 0.4 pct in December

* Birth of new sovereign sukuk sources to broaden market

TURKEY

* Turkey seen borrowing up to $2.5 bln via 10-year eurobond -bankers

* Turkish lira hovers near record low after rate decision

* Turkish judicial purge brings corruption investigation to halt

* RESEARCH ALERT-Erdemir: Oyak Securities reinitiates with outperform

* Turkey cancels port privatisation tender as bids fall short

* Current oil price, lira level would add $7 bln to Turkey's energy costs-min

* Bank Asya says weathers withdrawals in Turkey crisis

* Turkish central bank sells 500 mln lira in repo auction

EGYPT

* Egypt state violence at "unprecedented" level since July -Amnesty

* Egypt to implement new rules for companies on stock exchange on Feb 1

* OTMT unit secures Telecom Egypt link for MENA cable network

* Egyptian pound inches up at auction, weaker on black market

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

* Bids for German packaging group Mauser expected mid-Feb -sources

* UAE using too much energy, price rises may be needed -oil min

* Emirates Steel seeks $1.3 bln loan to refinance debt, buy assets - sources

* Dubai retailer MAF to invest $2.3 bln in Egypt

* Abu Dhabi's Etihad secures U.S. route-sharing deal with JetBlue

* South African bourse admits first Middle Eastern brokerage

* BAE Systems CEO does not see UAE Eurofighter talks restarting

* Dubai's DEWA plans no bond issues in 2014 - CEO

SAUDI ARABIA

* BAE makes progress on Saudi deal, courts other buyers for Eurofighter

* Saudi's SABIC expects to enter U.S. shale market this year

* Saudi minister says no role for Assad in transition

KUWAIT

* Kuwait investment firm KIPCO plans up to $500 mln bond sale

* National Bank of Kuwait Q4 profit down by half, misses estimates

QATAR

* Qatar's first IPO since 2010 fully subscribed

BAHRAIN

* Bahrain deadlocked talks saved from brink, some hope for progress

OMAN

* National Bank of Oman proposes 15 pct cash dividend for 2013

* Oman's Bank Dhofar posts 3.6 pct Q4 net profit hike

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