Thursday preview: Bank of England, US jobless claims in focus
Investors' focus on Thursday will shift back to home shores as the Bank of England announces its latest policy decisions.
As with the US central bank the day before, no changes in the actual policy settings are expected.
In the case of the Monetary Policy Committee however, some analysts are not expecting any 'push back' on the recent rise in yields on Gilts.
On the flip side, Bank is expected to leave clear that preparations are under way should negative interest rates be required.
The European Central Bank may also be in the headlines as several top officials, including its boss, Christine Lagarde, and Vice President, Luis de Guindos, are both set to deliver public speeches.
Across the Pond, weekly US jobless claims data are expected to show that they continue to drift lower.
Also due out is the Philly Fed's closely-followed regional manufacturing index for March.
Further afield, overnight, rate-setters in Indonesia and Thailand are set to meet to decide on monetary policy.
Thursday 18 March
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INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS
Balance of Trade (EU) (10:00)
Continuing Claims (US) (12:30)
Initial Jobless Claims (US) (12:30)
Philadelphia Fed Index (US) (12:30)
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UK ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS
BoE Interest Rate Decision (12:00)
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