Thursday preview: ECB, US jobs data in focus
The market spotlight will be on the European Central Bank as rate-setters in Frankfurt meet to decide on policy.
Economists at Barclays believe the monetary authority will ramp-up its emergency bond buying programme, known as PEPP, by a further €500bn and raise the so-called tiering multiple by ten times.
Indeed, in a research report sent to clients on 29 May they even broached the possibility that they might go further still.
Stateside meanwhile, initial weekly jobless claims data due out at 1330 BST, just as ECB president, Christine Lagarde's presser gets underway are forecast to decline from the 2.123m pace observed during the prior week to 1.75m which would still mark a pace of job destruction roughly twice that seen at the depths of the 2008/09 crisis.
On home shores, the only economic reports due for release are those for car registrations in May and IHS Markit's construction sector Purchasing Managers' Index for May.
Thursday 04 June
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