Friday preview: UK general election, US-China trade in the spotlight
The focus at the end of the week will continue to be on the general election, although US-China trade won't be far from traders' minds and the two may make for a very volatile combination.
Although the final election tally will not be announced until 1000 GMT, an hour before the opening bell in London there should only be about 20 seats to be counted.
But even as traders scramble to pick out the winners and losers among London-listed shares, financial markets' attention will quickly turn overseas for any headlines around the ongoing trade negotiations between Washington and Beijing.
Against that backdrop, the main economic release of the session will be the monthly US retail sales report referencing November, although any fresh trade developments could easily eclipse those numbers.
Across the Channel meanwhile, European Central Bank vice-president, Luis de Guindos, is scheduled to deliver two speeches, with the first of those due at 0800 GMT.
Further afield, Bank of Russia is set to announce its monetary policy decision.
No major economic announcements are scheduled in the UK.
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