Thursday preview: EU Summit (Brexit) and MPC decision in focus
The market spotlight will continue to be firmly on all things Brexit on Thursday, as the European Union leaders' summit kicks-off in Strasbourg.
While impossible to predict what may or may not come out of the two days of meetings, where Prime Minister May will be in attendance, they will take place ahead of what appears to be shaping up to be the (possibly) key week in this first phase of the UK's withdrawal from the bloc.
Against that backdrop, investors will be reviewing the results of the prior night's policy decision by rate-setters at the US Federal Reserve, even as they wait on the results of the Monetary Policy Committee's own deliberations.
Earlier in the session, central banks in Norway and Switzerland are expected to announce their own decisions.
Stateside meanwhile, the key economic release is set to be the Philly Fed's regional manufacturing index for March.
Thursday 21 March
Cello Health, Loopup Group, Ted Baker, Portmeirion Group, Sportech, Lamprell, Integrated Diagnostics Holdings
EnQuest, Venture Life Group, Next, Sopheon
Spitfire Oil Ltd. (DI), Xaar, Kier Group
Chemring Group, Beazley, Spitfire Oil Ltd. (DI), LPA Group
Final Dividend Payment Date
Interim Ex-Dividend Date
Close Brothers Group, Haynes Publishing Group, River and Mercantile Group
BMO Managed Portfolio Trust Income Shares, NWF Group, Standard Life Investments Property Income Trust Ltd.
Brooks Macdonald Group, JPMorgan Global Markets Emerging Income Trust, Concurrent Technologies, F&C Commercial Property Trust Ltd., Ground Rents Income Fund, Palace Capital, Clinigen Group, Croma Security Solutions Group, BlackRock Commodities Income Inv Trust, ICG-Longbow Senior Secured UK Property Debt Investments Ltd, Plexus Holdings, Interim Dividend Payment Date
Interim Dividend Payment Date
Springfield Properties, Witan Inv Trust, JPMorgan Elect Managed Growth Shares, JPMorgan Elect Managed Income Shares
Special Ex-Dividend Date
River and Mercantile Group
Royal Bank of Scotland Group
Special Dividend Payment Date
LXB Retail Properties
Quarterly Ex-Dividend Date
XP Power Ltd. (DI), BlackRock World Mining Trust, Standard Life Private Equity Trust, British American Tobacco
UK Economic Announcements
BoE Interest Rate Decision (12:00)
International Economic Announcements
Current Account (US) (12:30), Initial Jobless Claims (US) (12:30), Philadelphia Fed Index (US) (12:30), Continuing Claims (US) (13:30)