Friday preview: US-China trade talks, Microsoft in focus
The focus at the end of the week will be firmly on the results of the second round of talks by phone between US and Chinese trade negotiators scheduled for later on Thursday evening.
Also overnight, US software giant Microsoft is scheduled to update investors on its fiscal fourth quarter trading.
In terms of economic data, a preliminary reading on the University of Michigan's consumer confidence survey for July is due out at 1500 BST.
Earlier, at 0930 BST, the Office for National Statistics will release its estimate for public sector net borrowing referencing the month of June.
Across the Channel, readings on German wholesale inflation in June were set for release at 0800 BST followed by euro area current account figures for May at 1000 BST.
Friday July 19
INTERIM DIVIDEND PAYMENT DATE
Impax Asset Management Group, RWS Holdings, Sanderson Group, Zytronic
QUARTERLY PAYMENT DATE
Alpha Real Trust Ltd.
INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS
Current Account (EU) (09:00)
Producer Price Index (GER) (07:00)
U. of Michigan Confidence (Prelim) (US) (15:00)
Wholesale Price Index (GER) (07:00)
SPECIAL DIVIDEND PAYMENT DATE
Capital Gearing Trust, Kubera Cross-Border Fund Ltd., Life Settlement Assets, Life Settlement Assets, Life Settlement Assets
Big Yellow Group, British Land Company, EVR Holdings, Homeserve, Itaconix , Live Company Group, Mereo Biopharma Group, Tanfield Group, Tata Steel Ltd GDR (Reg S)
Close Brothers Group, Record
UK ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS
Public Sector Net Borrowing (09:30)
FINAL DIVIDEND PAYMENT DATE
3i Group, Biffa, C&C Group, Capital Gearing Trust, First Derivatives, Helical, Northern 2 VCT, Northern 3 VCT, Premier Technical Services Group , ProVen Growth & Income VCT, ProVen VCT, Severn Trent, Telford Homes, Wynnstay Properties