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Factors to watch - June 18



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


INTERNATIONAL/REGIONAL

* GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia shares push higher; Aussie firm ahead of RBA rate decision MKTS/GLOB

* Oil edges down amid cautious demand outlook O/R

* PRECIOUS-Gold prices up as US bond yields ease, Fed speakers in focus GOL/

* MIDEAST STOCKS-UAE bourses end mixed ahead of Eid break .MIDEAST

* Netanyahu disbands war cabinet as pressure grows on Israel's northern border nL8N3IF0AS

* Two key Democrats in US Congress approve major arms sale to Israel, Washington Post reports nL1N3IF104

* US-UK forces launch strikes on Yemen's Hodeidah and Kamaran Island, Houthi-run TV says nL1N3IF0M4

* Migrant shipwrecks off Italy leave 11 dead, more than 60 missing nL1N3IF0AR



ISRAEL

* Israeli anti-government protesters rally in Jerusalem nL1N3IF0T1

* Israeli fire kills 8 Palestinians amongst merchants and civil guards waiting for commercial trucks, health officials say nS8N3HU08C


SAUDI ARABIA

* Saudi Arabia's crude exports slip from nine-month high in April nL8N3IF0L9

* Saudi Arabia inflation remains at 1.6% in May nL1N3IE020

* Chile says Saudi mining minister to visit, lithium expected on agenda nL8N3IE003


JORDAN

* Fourteen Jordanians die during haj in Saudi Arabia, some succumb to heat nL1N3IE03L


QATAR

* RwandAir says Qatar Airways close to acquiring stake, FT reports nL1N3IE03B

* White House: Qatar and Egypt plan talks with Hamas on Gaza ceasefire nL1N3ID05O


YEMEN

* Yemen's Houthis say they attacked two ships and American destroyer nL1N3IE05I


(Compiled by Bangalore newsroom)

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