December 30, 2019 / 4:26 AM / 23 days ago

MIDEAST - Factors to watch - December 30

DUBAI, Dec 30 (Reuters) - Here are some factors that may affect Middle East stock markets on Monday. Reuters has not verified the press reports and does not vouch for their accuracy.

INTERNATIONAL/REGIONAL

* GLOBAL MARKETS-China lifts Asian shares; oil up on drawdowns, Mideast tensions

* Oil steady on trade pact optimism, stock draw; eyes on MidEast

* MIDEAST STOCKS-Financials lead most Gulf bourses higher, but Egypt retreats

* PRECIOUS-Gold edges up, holds near 2-month peak in thin-volume trade

* Trump aides call U.S. strikes on Iraq and Syria ‘successful,’ warn of potential further action

* Israel trims funds to Palestinians over militant casualties

* Missile hits military parade in Yemen, killing at least seven

* Yemen’s Houthis list 6 strike targets in Saudi, 3 in UAE

* Iraq’s exports, production not affected by halting Nassiriya oilfield -ministry

* Sudan passes 2020 budget with anticipated deficit of $1.62 billion

EGYPT

* Egypt lowers gas grid usage fees by 24% to $0.29 per mmbtu - gas regulator

* Egypt competition watchdog approves Uber acquisition of Careem with conditions

* Egypt and Sudan to operate joint electricity grid from Jan. 12 - agency

* Egypt awards oil and gas exploration concessions in Red Sea - statement

SAUDI ARABIA

* Two men shot dead in eastern Saudi city were driving car bomb, SPA say

* TABLE-Saudi money supply increase in November

* Saudi Arabia sentences Riyadh concert stabber to death - state TV

UNITED ARAB EMIRTES

* Dubai budget sets record spending to boost growth ahead of Expo 2020

KUWAIT

* Kuwait’s KNPC starts operating diesel production unit in Mina Al-Ahmadi refinery

OMAN

* Oman Year To Date State Budget Deficit 1,929.4 Mln Rials In October - Govt Data (Compiled by Dubai newsroom)

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