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Mideast Stocks – Factors to watch on March 31

Here are some factors that may affect Middle East stock markets on Sunday. Reuters has not verified the press reports and does not vouch for their accuracy.

INTERNATIONAL/REGIONAL

* GLOBAL MARKETS-Trade hopes buoy stocks, Brexit setback hits pound

* MIDEAST STOCKS-Saudi’s SABIC loses steam, ex-dividend stocks hit Abu Dhabi

* PRECIOUS-Gold rises as dollar dips; palladium snaps losing streak

* Oil posts biggest quarterly rise since 2009 on OPEC cuts, sanctions

* EXCLUSIVE-OPEC struggles to keep Russia on board with oil cut, may offer shorter extension

* Trump calls for OPEC to boost oil production, says price too high

* Middle East crude benchmarks mixed; Oman OSP at 5-mth high

* Oman crude OSP rises to highest in 5 months in May

* Iranian fuel oil cargo sits off Malaysia as U.S. urges sanctions compliance

*Kingmaker once more, Algeria’s army confronts demand for real change

* Algerian army repeats call to declare president unfit for office

* Algeria authorities deny Algiers protest drew one million demonstrators

* Saudi Arabia says Syrian opposition must unite before any dialogue with govt

* Iran calls emergency in flood-threatened southwest province

* Palestinians mass at Gaza border to mark protest anniversary

* Libya holds municipal elections in first vote for five years

* El Sharara oil field output hit 280,000 barrels on Thursday – engineer

* U.S. calls for probe of bombing of hospital in Yemen

* Wound” of migration not solved by physical barriers, pope says

* Tunisia says it will coordinate Arab response to U.S. move on Golan

* Tunisia says U.N. official arrested in anti-terrorism probe – agency

* Tunisia delays presidential elections by one week to Nov 17

* Lebanon economic reforms ‘not at expected level’, says World Bank

* EXPLAINER-Fixing Lebanon’s ruinous electricity crisis

* TABLE – MENA fund managers increase investments in UAE, Egypt

* POLL – MENA fund managers increase investments in UAE, Egypt

EGYPT

* Trump to host Egypt’s Sisi on April 9 -White House

* Egypt’s Sisi raises minimum wage to help assuage economic hardships

* Egypt’s GASC gets offers for Indian, Chinese and Vietnamese rice in tender -traders

* Egypt shuts three ports due to bad weather

* Thirty men sentenced for Egyptian church attack plot

SAUDI ARABIA

* Germany extends Saudi arms sale ban for another six months

* S&P Says Saudi Arabia ‘A-/A-2’ Ratings Affirmed

* Saudi’s Kingdom Holding to invest Careem proceeds in Europe, Saudi – CEO

* Saudi-led group offers lowest price to build gas pipeline in Bulgaria

* Saudi’s SABIC sticking with growth plans, will discuss synergies with Aramco

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

* UAE official urges Arab openness to Israel – paper

* Dubai Aerospace ups revolving loan to $600 mln

* Dubai court restores yacht to Russia tycoon, move disputed in divorce contest

QATAR

* French group Vinci: audit finds no problems over its Qatar labour practices

KUWAIT

Gulf Bank reassures stakeholders, customers after a service disruption

OMAN

* Omani oil minister sees prices staying in $65-$75 range until year-end

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