Factors to Watch – February 20

DUBAI, Feb 20 (Reuters) – Here are some factors that could affect Middle Eastern stock markets on Sunday. Reuters has not verified the news articles and does not guarantee their accuracy.

INTERNATIONAL/REGIONAL

* GLOBAL MARKETS – Stocks fall, bonds rise on Ukraine tensions

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* Oil ends the week mixed on geopolitical uncertainty and supply hopes

* PRECIOUS-Gold takes a break as US-Russia talks hopes calm markets read more

* MIDEAST-UAE stock markets ease as oil prices extend losses read more

* OPEC+ reportedly seeking to bring Iran into oil supply deal Read More

* U.S. and Saudi officials discuss handling market pressures following possible Russian invasion

* Iran’s foreign minister says he is ready for an immediate prisoner swap with the United States

* EXCLUSIVE – Draft Iran nuclear deal prioritizes prisoners, enrichment, money, oil comes next – diplomats read more

*EXCLUSIVE-Guyana talks with Middle Eastern companies about offshore oil auction – VP read more

* Libya’s interim prime minister, fighting ousting, promises populist spending plan

* Tunisia to cut energy subsidies, minister tells newspaper

* Tunisian military court convicts lawmaker for insulting president read more

* Hezbollah drone sets off air defenses in northern Israel Read More

* Brazilian farmers in Mato Grosso open talks to sell corn directly to Iran

* Iran nuclear deal could be done very soon, EU official says read more

* Loud noise heard, Israeli jets seen over Beirut – security source, witness read more

* Iran’s SLAL reportedly bought corn, barley and soybean meal in tender – traders

EGYPT

* Lowest bid in Egyptian GASC tender $315.3/t FOB -traders

* MEDIA-EFG Hermes chooses Goldman to evaluate Abu Dhabi’s first offer – Bloomberg News

SAUDI ARABIA

* Saudi Arabia plans new round of talks with Iran, says foreign minister read more

* Lebanon must step up reforms, says Saudi Foreign Minister read more

* Saudi-led coalition destroys explosive-laden Houthi boat in Red Sea – state TV finds out more

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

* India and UAE eye $100bn in annual trade after signing trade pact

* UAE allows cooperative associations to list shares – state news agency read more

* ANALYSIS-UAE corporate tax may dilute competitive advantage as Saudi Arabia steps up read more

* ‘Critical’ for investments to be directed to the lowest cost, lowest carbon energy – UAE minister read more

* MEDIA-UAE prepares National Crypto Licensing to embrace fintech – Bloomberg News

QATAR

* Airbus told to delay implementation of Qatar jet cancellation Read more

* Qatar’s LNG exports fall following mega train failure Read more

KUWAIT

* Kuwaiti suitor increases stake in John Menzies ahead of takeover Read More

* Kuwait’s Emir accepts defense resignations, interior ministers read more

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