Thursday preview: US data, Premier Oil in the spotlight
The spotlight on Thursday will be on a trio of high-frequency economic indicators in the States, including weekly jobless claims, housing starts and the Philly Fed's regional manufacturing gauge.
Across the Channel meanwhile, European Central Bank vicepresident Luis de Guindos is scheduled to deliver a speech at 1130 BST, followed by ECB executive board member Benoit Coeure at 1730 BST.
But the data calendar is quite light, with euro area foreign trade figures for March set to be the main attraction of the session.
Among the corporates which are set to update markets is Premier Oil.
According to Numis's Thomas Martin, markets' focus will be on whether the firm sticks to previously provided guidance for reducing debt, on output and for operational costs, as well as regards operational execution on the outfit's key projects.
At its full-year results presentation in March, Premier guided towards a reduction in net debt of between $250-350m to about $2.0bn, production of 75,000 boe/d and $13/boe, respectively.
Capex meanwhile was seen at $340m by company management.
THURSDAY MAY 16
Countryside Properties, Euromoney Institutional Investor, Grainger, Thomas Cook Group
INTERIM EX-DIVIDEND DATE
Cambria Automobiles, Fidelity Special Values, Gresham House Energy Storage Fund, Numis Corporation
QUARTERLY EX-DIVIDEND DATE
Anglo Pacific Group, Civitas Social Housing , GlaxoSmithKline, Raven Property Group Limited Cum Red Pref, Royal Dutch Shell 'A', Royal Dutch Shell 'B', The Renewables Infrastructure Group Limited, Tritax Eurobox (EUR), Tritax Eurobox (GBP), TwentyFour Select Monthly Income Fund Limited
INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS
Balance of Trade (EU) (10:00)
Continuing Claims (US) (13:30)
Housing Starts (US) (13:30)
Initial Jobless Claims (US) (13:30)
Philadelphia Fed Index (US) (13:30)
3i Group, Burberry Group, Investec, National Grid, Wincanton
SPECIAL DIVIDEND PAYMENT DATE
Direct Line Insurance Group
SPECIAL EX-DIVIDEND DATE
Balfour Beatty, Belvoir Lettings, Capital & Regional, Central Asia Metals, Computacenter, Condor Gold, G4S, Genel Energy, Great Western Mining Corporation, Gresham House, Highcroft Investment, Hill & Smith Holdings, IndigoVision Group, Keller Group, LiDCO Group, Lloyds Banking Group, Lloyds Banking Group, Merchants Trust, Next, NMCN, One Media IP Group, Oriole Resources , Portmeirion Group, Premier Oil, Princess Private Equity Holding Ltd. (EUR), ProPhotonix (DI), Prudential, Quilter, Safestyle UK , Sanne Group, Seplat Petroleum Development Company (DI), Serinus Energy NPV, Spire Healthcare Group, TI Fluid Systems, Woodford Patient Capital Trust, Worldpay, Inc Class A Com Stk (DI)
Balfour Beatty Cum Cnv Red Prf , Just Group, Keller Group
FINAL DIVIDEND PAYMENT DATE
Capital & Counties Properties , Convatec Group , Direct Line Insurance Group, Dunedin Enterprise Investment Trust, Equiniti Group , Gresham Technologies, Maintel Holdings, Merlin Entertainments , Mondi, Moneysupermarket.com Group, Standard Chartered, Wood Group (John)
FINAL EX-DIVIDEND DATE
Aptitude Software Group , Ascential, Balfour Beatty, BlackRock Smaller Companies Trust, Clarkson, Dignity, Downing Three VCT H Shs, Downing Three VCT J Shs, Hochschild Mining, Inchcape, Integrated Diagnostics Holdings, Intertek Group, Irish Continental Group Units, K3 Business Technology Group, Macfarlane Group, Midwich Group, Pagegroup, Robinson, Saga , Tandem Group, Ted Baker, Tesco, Vivo Energy , Witan Pacific Inv Trust