August 22, 2017 / 4:14 AM / in a year

MIDEAST STOCKS - Factors to watch - August 22

DUBAI, Aug 22 (Reuters) - Here are some factors that may affect Middle East stock markets on Tuesday. Reuters has not verified the press reports and does not vouch for their accuracy.


* GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares edge up, bolstered by modest gains on Wall Street

* MIDEAST STOCKS-REITs shine in Saudi, trading volume shrinks in Qatar

* Oil prices edge up on signs of gradually tightening market

* PRECIOUS-Gold slips amid steady dollar; investors wary ahead of Jackson Hole meet

* EXCLUSIVE-Armed group stopping migrant boats leaving Libya

* Lebanon monitored Australia bomb plot suspects - minister

* Iraq plans major change to oil pricing for Asia

* Russia hails progress in Syria conflict, ups bombing runs

* Raqqa families make daring escapes from Islamic State stronghold

* Lebanese president signs tax, wage increase laws

* Middle East Crude-Oman, Dubai at 5-month highs


* Egypt targets 5 pct GDP growth by end-2017/18 - planning minister

* Yields mixed at Egyptian three and seven-year T-bond auction

* Egypt sells 659.9 mln euros in one-year T-bills -

* Egypt may reject Romanian wheat as trade reforms hang in the balance


* Saudi to transfer airports to sovereign fund in privatisation drive

* MOVES-Goldman Sachs hires Saudi investment banking head

* TABLE-Saudi imports, non-oil exports plunge y/y in June

* Saudi Arabia issues rules for small-scale solar energy generation

* Saudi Arabia’s SAGO buys 490,000 T wheat in tender

* Saudi plane for Qatari pilgrims waits on Doha for landing rights-airline


* Etihad Airways sets new CEO deadline, may join late 2017

* BRIEF-Dubai’s Damac unit awards GBP 240 mln contract to Multiplex

* Funding squeeze hastens take-off of non-bank lending in Middle East

* BRIEF-Dubai’s DSI secures 175 mln dirhams deal in Dubai


* Qatar criticises Saudi over haj planes offer

* BRIEF-Ooredoo says Myanmar unit’s CEO Rene Meza resigns


* OPEC to discuss ending or extending production cut in Nov. -Kuwait minister

* U.S. oil stocks falling more than expected due to OPEC cuts - Kuwait


* Bahrain may need to boost interest rates to protect currency, IMF warns

* TABLE-Bahrain inflation rises in July on housing, food costs (Compiled by Dubai Newsroom)

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