Thursday preview: US economic data in the spotlight
Investors will be treated to a slew of economic releases in the States on Thursday, including readings on so-called 'high-frequency' indicators such as initial weekly unemployment claims and the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia's regional manufacturing sector gauge.
Due out alongside those two reports as well are the NAHB's housing market index for March and figures on long-term capital flows.
Data on this side of the Atlantic on the other hand will be scarce, with no major releases scheduled in the UK and little on offer across the Channel.
Nevertheless, a reading for January on the size of the Italian government's debt pile may provide an interesting talking point.
In parallel, central banks in Switzerland and Norway are due to decide on interest rates.
Over in the corporate patch, and having just completed its takeover of US peer Regal Entertainment, Cineworld is among those slated to update markets on its full-year 2017 performance.
Deutsche Bank predicted the initial reaction to be led by current year trading for Regal in North America, the shorter-term film slate outlook, further guidance on the Regal investment opportunity thought to be about £220m net capex per year, confidence in quantum of merger synergies with $100m targeted, an update on debt for the enlarged business and the performance of the ‘old’ Cineworld estate.
Thursday March 15
INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS
Continuing Claims (US) (12:30)
Import and Export Price Indices (US) (13:30)
Initial Jobless Claims (US) (12:30)
Philadelphia Fed Index (US) (13:30)
Cineworld Group, Curtis Banks Group, Forbidden Technologies, Just Group, Manx Telecom , Oakley Capital Investments Ltd. (DI), Old Mutual, OneSavings Bank, Phoenix Group Holdings (DI), PJSC Megafon GDR (Reg S), Portmeirion Group, Savills, Spirax-Sarco Engineering, TMT Investments
SPECIAL EX-DIVIDEND DATE
3i Infrastructure, River and Mercantile Group , Spirent Communications
Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria SA, Henderson Opportunities Trust, Lonmin, Oxford Biodynamics
FINAL DIVIDEND PAYMENT DATE
LLoyds Banking Group 6.475% Non-Cum Pref Shares
FINAL EX-DIVIDEND DATE
Anglo American, Apax Global Alpha Limited , Crest Nicholson Holdings, Domino's Pizza Group, Essentra, Glanbia, Globaldata, Hammerson, Law Debenture Corp., Millennium & Copthorne Hotels, PCF Group, Rights & Issues Inv Trust Income Shares, RM, Spirent Communications, SSP Group , Triple Point Social Housing Reit
INTERIM DIVIDEND PAYMENT DATE
Rank Group, Springfield Properties
INTERIM EX-DIVIDEND DATE
Abcam, AdEPT Telecom, Galliford Try, Haynes Publishing Group, JPMorgan Mid Cap Inv Trust, London Finance & Investment Group, Maven Income & Growth 3 VCT, Maven Income & Growth 4 VCT, Maven Income & Growth VCT, Maven Income and Growth VCT 5, River and Mercantile Group , TR European Growth Trust, Trifast
QUARTERLY PAYMENT DATE
Canadian General Investments Ltd.
QUARTERLY EX-DIVIDEND DATE
Aberdeen Diversified Income and Growth Trust , Assura , Blackrock North American Income Trust , XP Power Ltd. (DI)