DUBAI, Jan 3 (Reuters) - 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.
* GLOBAL MARKETS-S&P 500, Dow close at record highs, dollar gains at end of tumultuous year MKTS/GLOB
* Oil edges higher, but posts 20% annual drop in tumultuous 2020 O/R
* MIDEAST STOCKS-Saudi outperforms Middle East markets in 2020 PRECIOUS-Gold set to end volatile 2020 with strong gains; silver outperforms Iran's foreign minister urges Trump to avoid Israel 'trap' to provoke war Saudi Arabia ends entry ban, keeps some coronavirus restrictions -state news agency POLL -Oil outlook for 2021 hit by new COVID-19 strain Saudi-led coalition strikes at Yemen capital after attacks on Aden blamed on Houthis Car bomb explodes in Syrian border town - state news agency Iraq evacuates oil tanker after mine found attached to hull [nL1N2JC079
* African free trade bloc opens for business, but challenges remain Egypt Signs 9 New Offshore Oil And Gas Exploration Agreements - Petroleum Ministry Egypt's cabinet allows GASC to co-found shareholding shipping company -statement ARABIA
* Saudi CMA Approves IPO Of Alkhorayef Water And Power Technologies Company's Shares Saudi Aramco (SE: 2222 ) Sets Propane Prices At $550/MT For January ARAB EMIRATES
* UAE reports record COVID-19 cases for fourth consecutive day Etihad stake in Air Serbia cut to 18% after government steps in Aldar Properties Sells Abu Dhabi Golf Complex Including Westin Hotel For AED 180 Mln DXB Gears Up For Seasonal Rush Of Travellers Noor Financial Investment Receives CMA Approval For Merger With Noor Telecommunication International Financial Advisors Reaches Agreement With Foreign Bank To Restructure Debt Boeing (NYSE: BA ) Delivers Trio Of 777 Freighters To Qatar Airways Cargo Oman plans $5.7 bln budget deficit in 2021 -state news agency Oman makes provision for debt settlement of 150 mln rials for 2021 Oman aviation group and Transom co have been dissolved- ministry tweet
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