MIDEAST STOCKS-Saudi soft again, Emaar and DSI hold back Dubai – Reuters

* Saudi PetroRabigh surges on quarterly earnings * SABIC falls back after gaining on Monday * Dubai Investment mitigates Dubai’s losses * Banks drag down Qatar * Zain falls again in Kuwait By Aziz El Yaakoubi DUBAI, Oct 31 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s stock market fell on Tuesday despite a big rebound by petrochemical company [...]

MIDEAST STOCKS-Drake & Scull leads Dubai index up, Qatar continues slide – Reuters

DUBAI, Oct 8 (Reuters) – Construction firm Drake & Scull led a rise in Dubai’s stock market index in early trade on Sunday while Qatar’s continued dropping to fresh five-year lows, weighed on by the sanctions imposed on Doha by other Arab states. The Dubai index rose 0.3 percent as Drake & Scull , the [...]

Kurdish Referendum Roils the Mideast – Consortium News

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The Kurdish referendum seeking independence from Iraq has created more uncertainty in the turbulent Mideast with Israel appearing to see value in the new chaos, reports ex-British diplomat Alastair Crooke. By Alastair Crooke One week after Kurdish leader Masud Barzani held his referendum on Kurdish independence from Iraq (with both the referendum and independence being [...]

MIDEAST STOCKS-Gulf mostly lower, Kuwait’s Zain up on Omantel … – Reuters

* Saudi’s Metlife up but far off high after regulatory news * Merger talks fails to boost Arabian Cement * PetroRabigh down on facility closure for maintenance * Rumour says Omantel could increase Zain stake * Qatar falls to another five-year low By Celine Aswad DUBAI, Oct 5 (Reuters) – Most Gulf stock markets fell [...]

MIDEAST STOCKS-Gulf mostly lower, Kuwait’s Zain up on Omantel … – Reuters

* Saudi’s Metlife up but far off high after regulatory news * Merger talks fails to boost Arabian Cement * PetroRabigh down on facility closure for maintenance * Rumour says Omantel could increase Zain stake * Qatar falls to another five-year low By Celine Aswad DUBAI, Oct 5 (Reuters) – Most Gulf stock markets fell [...]

Kurdistan Ignites New Mideast Fires: National Independence At What Price? – Forbes

The people of Kurdistan have voted for independence from Iraq. Baghdad already has retaliated against its rebellious province. Iran and Turkey have threatened to respond as well. The Kurdish vote also will exacerbate tensions in Syria, where Washington and Ankara already have clashed over America’s reliance on Kurdish forces in battling the Islamic State. Iraq’s [...]

MIDEAST STOCKS-Gulf mostly lower, Kuwait’s Zain up on Omantel … – Reuters

* Saudi’s Metlife up but far off high after regulatory news * Merger talks fails to boost Arabian Cement * PetroRabigh down on facility closure for maintenance * Rumour says Omantel could increase Zain stake * Qatar falls to another five-year low By Celine Aswad DUBAI, Oct 5 (Reuters) – Most Gulf stock markets fell [...]

Kuwait seals 1-yr naphtha deal at about $9.50 above Mideast … – Nasdaq

Shutterstock photo By Seng Li Peng SINGAPORE, Oct 6 (Reuters) – Kuwait Petroleum Corp (KPC) has sealed a 12-month contract with its buyers for full-range naphtha loading from December 2017 to November 2018 at about $9.50 a tonne above Middle East quotes on a free-on-board (FOB) basis, [...]

JPMorgan Tops Mideast Bond Deals as Borrowing Binge Sets … – Bloomberg

It’s a bumper bond harvest in the Middle East and North Africa, with governments raking in $23.5 billion in the past week alone. Not only do the sales boost 2017’s offerings to a new record, it also firms up JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s lead as the region’s top manager for a second straight year. Abu [...]

Moneyed interests blocking path to peace in Mideast – Al-Monitor

Once Israeli commentators had said everything they could possibly say about alleged connections between the perpetrator of the Las Vegas massacre and Islamic terrorism, the media shifted its attention to Americans’ “intolerably easy access to guns,” mixing a measure of scorn with pity. Newspapers stressed that after the Oct. 1 mass shooting deaths, President Donald Trump [...]

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