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A Guide to Mideast Markets in 2018

  • Stock gauges in the Gulf break with oil amid growing tension
  • Saudi-Iran war of words, Arab spat among geopolitical risks
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3 Charts to Know: Is Anarchy the Path to $80 Oil?

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For as long as Gulf economies rely on oil, crude will be a factor in determining how investors trade regional markets. But right now, politics is king.

In the past 12 months, tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran escalated, ties between Qatar and its neighbors were severed, rebels in Yemen fired rockets over Riyadh and Saudi Arabia started a crackdown on corruption that led to the arrest of high-profile businessmen and royals, including Prince Alwaleed bin Talal.