Factors to watch - May 26



DUBAI, May 26 (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--Asian shares stumble on growth worries as central banks tighten

* Oil firms on tight supply though EU ban on Russian oil still uncertain

* PRECIOUS-Gold dips on rising yields after Fed minutes signal patience

* MIDEAST STOCKS-Saudi bourse outperforms Gulf peers; Egypt extends losses

* U.S. senators voice frustration at Biden's Iran policy

* Erdogan's vowed military operation returns spotlight to Syrian border towns

* U.S. says it imposes sanctions on Moscow-backed Iranian oil smuggling network

EGYPT

* Egypt wants to shift focus to developing countries in climate talks -official

* EFG Hermes Q1 Consol Profit Rises

SAUDI ARABIA

* Saudi Aramco shows interest in buying Valvoline's commercial unit - sources

* MEDIA-Biden officials in Saudi Arabia for talks on oil, planned visit - Axios

* BREAKINGVIEWS-Global stability partly hangs on Saudi reinvention

* Saudi EV plant likely to be one of three in kingdom, says minister

* Saudi Oil Exports Up 123% In March - Government Data

* Saudi's CMA Approves IPO Of Naqi Water Co's Shares

* Saudi Arabia to start receiving qualification bids for minerals exploration license -ministry

UAE

* Dubai cooling firm Empower invites banks to pitch for IPO -sources

* UAE wins contract to operate Afghan airport ground services - presidential adviser

* E& Launches Launches First Set Of Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs)

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QATAR

* Baladna Raises Stake In Juhayna Food To 10.138%

OMAN

* OQ Trading Raises $200 Mln In Its Debut Middle East Syndication Arranged By Mashreq (Compiled by Dubai newsroom)

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