July 17, 2019 / 4:35 AM / 3 months ago

MIDEAST - Factors to watch - July 17

DUBAI, July 17 (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-Asia shares subdued, dollar benefits as sterling suffers

* PRECIOUS-Gold dips on firm dollar; trade concerns, rate-cut bets cap losses

* Oil prices gain, U.S. crude little changed after inventory data

* MIDEAST STOCKS-Gulf markets up as risk sentiment improves, Saudi hits 2-mth high

* U.S., Iran send conflicting signals on their disputes

* Iran says it came to help of disabled foreign oil tanker in the Gulf

* Iran set to invest in south Indian refinery, says ambassador

* Jordan appoints new ambassador to Qatar, two years after downgrading ties

* Gulf conflict would see oil prices spike, ease, jump again - research

* Britain plans additional warship presence in Gulf

* Fire at Basra offshore oil export terminal briefly halts crude loading - Iraqi officials

* Prospect of Saudi support lifts Lebanon dollar bonds

* Tunisia’s foreign currency reserves rise after it sold bond

EGYPT

* EBRD looks to boost equity investments in Egypt

SAUDI ARABIA

* Saudi Arabia approves new tendering and procurement law

* Saudi-led coalition intercepts Houthi drones targeting Abha and Jizan airports

* Saudi wealth fund said to buy stake in JV from Aramco, Jacobs - Bloomberg

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

* EXCLUSIVE-UAE plans oil trade overhaul to boost Middle Eastern clout

* Emirates to launch flights to Mexico City via Barcelona

* Dubai’s Amlak close to restructuring $1.2 bln with creditors - Bloomberg

* Dubai Islamic Bank Q2 Profit Rises

OMAN

* Oman’s OCTAL secures $625 mln in loans

QATAR

* Qatar’s Commercial Bank H1 Profit Rises (Reporting by Dubai Newsroom)

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