MIDEAST STOCKS - Factors to watch - July 17

DUBAI, July 17 Wed Jul 16, 2014 11:18pm EDT

DUBAI, July 17 (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 of their accuracy.

INTERNATIONAL/REGIONAL

* GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia follows Wall St higher, euro probes lows

* U.S. crude rises more than $1 after sharp stockpile fall

* Gold steady near 4-week low; stronger equities, data weigh

* MIDEAST STOCKS-Dubai continues leading region; Q2 earnings optimism aids Qatar

* Iraqi forces withdrawn from militant-held Tikrit after new push - sources

* Libyan air controllers strike to protest airport shelling

* Iran, powers seek to agree terms for extending nuclear talks-diplomats

* Obama backs Egypt cease-fire attempt between Israel, Palestinians

* Iraq expects July oil exports of 2.6 million bpd -minister

* Jordan's Arab Bank posts 7 pct rise in first-half profit

* Iran election tactics drive nuclear deal timetable

* Upgrade or no upgrade, UAE and Qatar keep frontier investor fanbase

* Update-Moody's: EMEA high-yield 2014 issuance could exceed $130 billion

TURKEY

* Nutella maker Ferrero buys Turkish hazelnut company Oltan

* Turkish opposition says government stalling on corruption probe

* New Issue- Alternatifbank prices $250 mln 2019 bond

* New Issue-KfW prices 35 mln Turkish Lira 2016 bond

* Cukurova financing for disputed Turkcell stake hits hurdle

* Turkey's Cimsa acquires cement maker Sancim for $220.7 mln

* Turkey's Akbank says secures $981 mln securitisation loans

EGYPT

* Consultants say Egypt needs $120 bln inflow over 4 years - officials

* Seven Egyptian men sentenced to life for sex attacks, harassment

SAUDI ARABIA

* Telecoms firm Zain Saudi posts narrowed Q2 net loss

* Saudi's Savola beats estimates with 32.4 pct net profit gain

* Saudi Arabia boosts security on heavily fortified Iraq frontier

* Saudi retailer Jarir Marketing says board proposes lower Q2 dividend

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

* Emirates airline could buy 60-80 more A380s if engines upgraded -FT

* Etihad chief aims to seal Alitalia deal as union warns on jobs

* Iraq Kurds reject Dana Gas statement on payment rights

* UAE plans unmanned mission to Mars by 2021

* TABLE-Dubai June inflation stable at 2.8 pct y/y

QATAR

* Soccer-We have nothing to hide, says Qatar World Cup chief

* AIRSHOW-Boeing says Qatar Airways finalizes $18.9 bln deal

* Qatar's Nakilat Q2 profit rises on higher charter rates

KUWAIT

* Kuwait's Zain posts net profit fall in line with forecasts

* Kuwait's NBK Q2 profit rises 29 pct, misses estimates

OMAN

* BRIEF-CB&I gets additional technology contracts in Oman

* Omani Sohar refinery to restart units after maintenance (Compiled by Dubai newsroom)

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