MIDEAST STOCKS - Factors to watch - March 19

DUBAI, March 19 Tue Mar 18, 2014 11:00pm EDT

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DUBAI, March 19 (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 -Asian shares in cautious start before Fed review

* U.S. oil climbs more than $1/bbl on strong equities, Ukraine

* Gold steadies after fall; equities watched

* MIDEAST STOCKS-Dubai jumps on Emaar breakout; oil weighs on Saudi stocks

* Ukraine crisis not seen hurting Iran nuclear talks -EU

* Protests flare across Lebanon against 'siege' of border town

* U.S. shuts Syrian embassy, consulates, orders diplomats out

* Iran oil exports show steady increase as Asia buys more

* Libyan rebel leader calls US Navy "pirates" after tanker seized

* Algeria's Bouteflika plans constitution amendments, economic reforms

* War crimes evidence in Syria solid enough for indictment - UN

* Israel says might not carry out Palestinian prisoner release

* ANALYSIS-Could Iran's Arak reactor be "de-fanged" to ease bomb fears?

* Syria chemical weapons store attacked by rockets-sources

TURKEY

* Moody's reviews for downgrade the ratings of 10 Turkish banks

* Turkish assets gain as central bank keeps policy tight

* Turkish central bank sells $50 mln in forex auction

* SOCAR Turkey secures financing from Denizbank for Star refinery

* Turkey treasury zero-coupon bond yield below forecast at auction

* RESEARCH ALERT-Turkish Airlines: Barclays cuts target price

* RESEARCH ALERT-ENKA Insaat: Renaissance Capital raises to buy

EGYPT

* Hamas calls Egypt blockade a "crime against humanity"

* Egypt buys 175,000 T Russian, U.S., Romanian wheat

* Egyptian court jails policeman linked to Islamist deaths

* Egypt security forces prevent Islamist news conference

* Egypt's Oriental Weavers raises dividend after 30 pct profit rise

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

* Air Lease announces placement of new Boeing 777-300ER with Emirates

* Morgan Stanley advises Dubai's Emaar on plans to list retail arm

* Dubai's Arabtec triples net profit, resumes dividend payments

* Emirates Steel cuts banks, pricing as loan oversubscribed

SAUDI ARABIA

* Russia's Lukoil hopeful of new gas deal in Saudi Empty Quarter

* Saudi switch to efficient power plants to save 550,000 b/d crude-SEC head

* Saudi Arabia says Qatar must change policy to end security spat - media

QATAR

* Qatar to sign projects worth up to $50 bln in 2014 -c.bank

* Qatar 2022 World Cup committee denies wrongdoing

KUWAIT

* Kuwait's Gulf Bank names Cesar Gonzalez-Bueno as CEO

BAHRAIN

* Bahrain fund Mumtalakat plans no bonds in 2014, to pay off small loan (Compiled by Dubai newsroom)

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