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MIDEAST - Factors to watch - March 1

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DUBAI, March 1 (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 for their accuracy. INTERNATIONAL/REGIONAL * GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks slide, dollar near 5-week high as Powell revives Fed rate fears * MIDEAST STOCKS-Region slips, Qatar hit hardest as shares go ex-dividend * Oil extends declines on U.S. inventory build * PRECIOUS-Gold prices fall on strong dollar * Middle East Crude-Benchmarks weaken; ESPO premiums fall * Senators will try to pull U.S. from Yemen war * Syrian government ground forces attack Ghouta despite Russian truce plan * Africa has world's second-fastest banking growth and profitability -McKinsey * OPEC February oil output falls as UAE over-delivers on cut - survey * Iraq in talks to buy U.S. wheat and U.S. rice- trade * Lebanon's Hariri in Riyadh for first time since crisis * Algeria's Sonatrach lowers March price for Saharan Blend crude * EMERGING MARKETS-Emerging stocks skid on China data, Fed woes * TABLE-Mideast funds favour Saudi before index decisions, UAE sentiment improves * POLL-Mideast funds favour Saudi before index decisions, UAE sentiment improves * Turkish January foreign visitor arrivals jump 38.5 percent - ministry * Iraq oil ministry has no objections to Rosneft operating in Kirkuk oilfields * Turkish January trade deficit doubles to $9.07 billion EGYPT * Egypt's M2 money supply up 20.45 pct year-on-year in January - C.Bank * At least 15 people killed in Egyptian train crash * Egypt's prosecutor urges action against "false news" * Egypt's Suez Canal revenues fall to $451.9 mln in January - statement SAUDI ARABIA * Saudi crown prince's visit to U.S. to include several cities -source * Saudi c.bank's foreign securities holdings fall as Riyadh mobilises funds * TABLE-Saudi money supply increase in January * UK's Johnson praises Saudi reforms, pre-empting critics of crown prince visit * Saudi Aramco signs MOU to pursue steel production‍​ * HKEX exec says maintaining active dialogue with Saudi Aramco on IPO plan * Saudi Aramco sets March propane price at $480 a tonne * Saudi crown prince says corruption purge supports budget: Washington Post * TABLE-Saudi Arabia Q4 earnings estimates (2) * TABLE-Saudi Arabia Q4 earnings estimates (1) * Jay Penske sells stake in Penske Media to Saudi's Public Investment Fund - NY Post UNITED ARAB EMIRATES * Fitch Assigns TAQA Senior Unsecured Bonds 'A' Rating * PE firm Abraaj suspends fundraising for $6 bln new fund-sources * TABLE-UAE's Fujairah oil inventory data for week ended Feb 26 QATAR * TABLE-Qatar bank lending growth slows marginally in January * Qatar c.bank's international reserves, liquidity edge up in January KUWAIT * TABLE-Kuwait trade surplus climbs 14 pct in Q4 on higher oil prices BAHRAIN * Bahrain launches real estate regulator in effort to boost investment OMAN * Oman crude OSP fall to $63.01/bbl for April (Compiled by Dubai newsroom)
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