The European Central Bank stopped suggesting on Thursday that it might yet 'up the ante' on its asset purchase programme if needed, but continued to hold out the possibility of an extension in the APP beyond September.
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits rose more than expected last week, according to data from the Labor Department.
Amid ongoing trade tensions globally, the latest international trade figures out of the People's Republic of China surprised sharply to the upside on Thursday.
The European Central Bank kept all its main policy settings unchanged and reiterated that its asset purchase programme may run past September, if needed, contrary to some analysts' expectations.
Ministers are guaranteeing Gibraltar that it will not be left out of any Brexit deal struck with the European Union after the divorce and that they will refuse to "choose" between the Rock and a trade deal.