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Thursday preview: Central banks, US jobless claims in focus

Financial markets’ focus on Thursday will be on central banks, particularly the European Central Bank.
In particular, ECB chief economist, Philip Lane is due to speak at a joint conference with the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland on “Inflation: Drivers and Dynamics”.

Before that, at 1230 GMT, the ECB will also publish the minutes of its last rate meeting.

German industrial production data for August due out before the market open will also be eyed.

Stateside meanwhile, markets will be waiting on the latest weekly unemployment claims figures and hoping for clues to the monthly payrolls number due out the next day.

No major economic reports are scheduled for release in the UK.

Further afield, rate-setters in Israel will meet to decide on policy.

Thursday 07 October

INTERIMS

Morses Club

INTERIM DIVIDEND PAYMENT DATE

Aviva, Intertek Group, Strix Group

INTERIM EX-DIVIDEND DATE

Andrews Sykes Group, Anglo Asian Mining, Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria SA, Barr (A.G.), Bodycote, Bristol & West ‘A’, Cenkos Securities, Centaur Media, Curtis Banks Group, EMIS Group, Hunting, I3 Energy , Investec Investment Trust 5% Cumulative Preference Stock 1, Judges Scientific, Keywords Studios, Kingfisher, Learning Technologies Group , Lords Group Trading, Mears Group, Medica Group , Morgan Sindall Group, Phoenix Spree Deutschland Limited Shs NPV , Shanta Gold Ltd., Spectris, Synthomer, Tandem Group, Taylor Wimpey, Vistry Group , Weir Group

QUARTERLY PAYMENT DATE

GlaxoSmithKline

QUARTERLY EX-DIVIDEND DATE

Anglo Pacific Group, BMO Private Equity Trust, BMO UK High Income Trust , BMO UK High Income Trust B Shares, Law Debenture Corp., Marble Point Loan Financing Limited NPV, Marsh & Mclennan Cos Inc., Merchants Trust, Real Estate Investors, Supermarket Income Reit

INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS

Consumer Credit (US) (20:00)

Continuing Claims (US) (13:30)

Industrial Production (GER) (07:00)

Initial Jobless Claims (US) (13:30)

FINALS

eEnergy Group, Volution Group

SPECIAL DIVIDEND PAYMENT DATE

South32 Limited (DI)

SPECIAL EX-DIVIDEND DATE

Alfa Financial Software Holdings , Barr (A.G.)

AGMS

Norish Units (CDI), Tavistock Investments, Thalassa Holdings Ltd. (DI)

TRADING ANNOUNCEMENTS

Entain, Mondi

UK ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS

Halifax House Price Index (08:30)

RICS Housing Market Survey (00:01)

FINAL DIVIDEND PAYMENT DATE

Diageo, Manolete Partners, South32 Limited (DI)

FINAL EX-DIVIDEND DATE

Begbies Traynor Group, City of London Investment Group, JPMorgan Emerging Markets Inv Trust, JPMorgan Mid Cap Inv Trust, Smith (DS), Standard Life UK Smaller Companies Trust

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