Mideast Stocks: Factors to watch on February 23

SectorFinancial Markets

* Oil prices jump more than $1 on slow U.S. output restart * MIDEAST STOCKS-Qatar index leads most of Gulf lower; Egypt rises * PRECIOUS-Gold scales 1-week peak as dollar falters, yields ease * EXCLUSIVE-U.S. plays down Iran rhetoric, waits to see if Tehran resumes talks * U.S. voices outrage over rocket attacks in Iraq but will not 'lash out' * Bank of Israel holds key rate at 0.1%, concerned over new COVID-19 variants * Black market trade slows as Sudanese try banks after devaluation * Turkcell could list or sell stake in units EGYPT* Egypt's sovereign fund looks at franchisers as it markets petrol stations * Egyptair grounds four Boeing 777-200 planes - statement SAUDI ARABIA* Russia, Saudi Arabia at odds over output deal ahead of OPEC+ meeting -RIA cites source * Saudi Arabia to import 355,000 tonnes of wheat from Saudi-owned farms  * Saudi defence firm SAMI targets $5 bln annual revenue by 2030  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES* UAE and Qatar hold first meeting since Gulf detente * UAE announces $2 bln...read more...