Thursday preview: US jobs market, Auto Trader in focus
The market spotlight on Thursday will shift back towards the US, where a raft of top-tier economic indicators are due out.
Chief among those will be the latest weekly jobless claims figures, which are forecast to show a further moderate slowdown in the pace of firings to 1.25m versus 1.51m during the week before.
Continuing claims numbers in the US, which are contained in the same report and provide a glimpse into hiring, will also be closely scrutinised.
Reading on durable goods orders for June and foreign trade in May are also set for release.
On home shores, the main reference will be the Confederation of British Industry's Distributive Trades Index for June.
However, Bank of England chief economist, Andy Haldane, is due to speak at 1700 BST.
And on the Continent, at 12:30 BST, the European Central Bank will publish the minutes from its 3-4 June policy meeting.
Among other matters, investors are keen to see whether, in a concession to Germany's constitutional court, it provides further details on the judgements around the 'proportionality' underlying its decisions.
Nonetheless, precisely for that reason, on Wednesday, the ECB had already provided Germany's national monetary authority, the Bundesbank, with additional documents, Reuters reported.
Consultancy GfK will release its German consumer confidence index for July.
In the emerging markets space, monetary policy announcements are scheduled in Egypt, Philippines and Turkey.
Auto Trader was among the few UK corporates that were due to update financial markets on Thursday.
UBS analyst Adam Berlin said he expected the weakness seen over the front half of its financial year to have accelerated during the last six months of the year.
Nonetheless, his expectation was for positive comments from management as regards trading in 2021 ex-Covid-19 thanks to new product launches and with a trajectory towards full pricing.
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