Thursday preview: BoE, central banks in focus
The focus on Thursday will be firmly on the Bank of England's policy decision.
Rate-setters at the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street are expected to unanimously approve an increase in the size of the Asset Purchase Facility, while keeping Bank Rate at 0.10%.
As of 12 June, the median forecast from economists was for a £100.0bn expansion in the APF to £745.0bn.
"While the Bank could announce more easing, we believe it is keen to retain some firepower for later this year and announce a package of measures in the event of a derailed recovery," said economists at Barclays.
Central banks will also be in the spotlight on the Continent, with policy decisions due out in Sweden and Switzerland.
Stateside, the direction of trading in capital markets may easily be swayed by the latest readings for initial weekly jobless claims and for the Philly Fed's monthly regional manufacturing index.
Further afield, interest rate decisions are also scheduled in Indonesia and Taiwan.
Thursday 18 June
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Continuing Claims (US) (13:30)
Initial Jobless Claims (US) (13:30)
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BoE Interest Rate Decision (12:00)
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