Friday preview: US consumer confidence, Easyjet in focus
The spotlight at the end of the week, barring surprises on the international trade or Brexit fronts, will be on US consumer confidence data for May.
At 1500 BST, the University of Michigan will release a preliminary reading on consumer sentiment for May, followed by speeches from three top US central bank officials.
Further afield, an index of services sector activity in Japan for the month of March and Russian first quarter GDP figures are due out.
Among the corporates due to update markets is Easyjet, with the focus most likely to be on the airline's current trading and outlook, said Numis's Kathryn Leonard.
In part, that is because on 1 April the company already guided towards six-month sales of roughly £2.34bn and an approximately 18.8% rise in operating costs, although it did not issue guidance for profits before tax.
Leonard is anticipating a 0.7% year-on-year drop in the company's third quarter yields, with a rise of 1.5% foreseen for the last three months of the financial year thanks in part on the assumption of a "more certain Brexit".
But the most recent online traffic data and figures from Barclaycard pointed to a fall in consumer spend on airline tickets, she said.
A one percentage point drop (or increase) in yields - revenue per seat at constant exchange rates - over the backhalf of 2019 would lower the company's profits before tax by about 9%, the analyst explained.
But on 11.2 times' her estimates for Easyjet's profits in the 2020 financial year, the shares appeared to already be anticipating that weakness in demand.
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