Thursday preview: EU budget talks, Anglo American in focus
The market spotlight on Thursday will be on the European Union budget talks as the remaining 27 members try to cover a near €60.0bn funding gap for the next seven-year multi-annual financial framework.
Against that backdrop, at 0930 GMT, the Office for National Statistics will publish retail sales data for the month of January, followed by the Confederation of British Industry's industrial trends survey at 1100 GMT.
Stateside meantime, at 1330 GMT the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia is due to publish its closely-followed regional factory sector index.
Also due out across the Channel are GfK's consumer confidence index for Germany in March and the European Commission's own survey results for the euro area referencing February.
Anglo American is among the outfits that are due to update investors on Thursday.
Analysts at Deutsche Bank expect the copper and platinum miner will post full-year earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation of $9.7bn with net debt pegged at $4.8bn.
Capital expenditures meanwhile were seen peaking at $5.5bn in 2020/21 with no extension of the firm's $1.0bn share buyback anticipated.
The ordinary dividend payout meanwhile was pegged at 40.0%, the minimum possible under its dividend.
Thursday 20 February
Hays, Mcbride, Transense Technologies
INTERIM DIVIDEND PAYMENT DATE
INTERIM EX-DIVIDEND DATE
Gateley (Holdings) , Heath (Samuel) & Sons, Mountview Estates
QUARTERLY PAYMENT DATE
QUARTERLY EX-DIVIDEND DATE
Carnival, Chenavari Toro Income Fund Limited NPV, GlaxoSmithKline, NextEnergy Solar Fund Limited Red, Pershing Square Holdings Ltd NPV, Unilever, Yew Grove Reit
INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS
Continuing Claims (US) (13:30)
GFK Consumer Confidence (GER) (07:00)
Initial Jobless Claims (US) (13:30)
Smith & Nephew
Tiziana Life Sciences
BAE Systems, Morgan Sindall Group, Rathbone Brothers, Smith & Nephew
SPECIAL EX-DIVIDEND DATE
British Smaller Companies VCT, Independent Inv Trust
Bank Audi S.A.L. GDR (Repr 1'Com'Shr Lbp1650)(Reg S), Highbridge Tactical Credit Fund Limited NVP GBP , Plus500 Ltd (DI)
FINAL EX-DIVIDEND DATE
BBGI SICAV S.A. (DI), Blackrock Throgmorton Trust, Driver Group, Henderson Opportunities Trust, Impax Asset Management Group, Independent Inv Trust, Jersey Electricity 'A' Shares, Nexus Infrastructure , Trian Investors 1 Limited NPV