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Thursday preview: ECB´s Lagarde, German GDP in focus

Financial markets will be keeping tabs on a flurry of speeches from top European Central Bank officials, including one by its boss, Christine Lagarde, in the afternoon, at 1330 GMT.

Due out are readings for consumer confidence in Belgium and Germany covering the month of November, at 1400 GMT and 0700 GMT, respectively, alongside final figures for third quarter GDP growth in Germany, at 0700 GMT.

Meanwhile, at 0830 GMT, rate-setters in Sweden are due to announce their latest policy decision.

Further afield, in Asia, central bankers in Seoul are also due to meet to decide on policy, with a 25 basis point hike in the monetary authority´s seven-day repurchase rate anticipated, which would take it to 1.0%.

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

All US markets will remain closed on Thursday in observance of Thanksgiving Day.

Thursday 25 November

INTERIMS

ActiveOps, Jlen Environmental Assets Group Limited NPV, Latham (James), Motorpoint Group, Omega Diagnostics Group, Polar Capital Holdings, XPS Pensions Group

INTERIM DIVIDEND PAYMENT DATE

Konami Holdings Corporation, Pittards, Toyota Motor Corp.

INTERIM EX-DIVIDEND DATE

3i Infrastructure, Biffa, British Land Company, Castings, CMC Markets, Edge Performance VCT ‘I’ Shares, Electrocomponents, Fuller Smith and Turner 6% 1st Cumulative Preference 1, Fuller Smith and Turner 8% 2nd Cumulative Preference 1, iEnergizer Ltd., Inspiration Healthcare Group , Kainos Group , Mckay Securities, Norcros, Redcentric, Tate & Lyle, Tatton Asset Management , Vodafone Group

QUARTERLY PAYMENT DATE

Tetragon Financial Group Limited

QUARTERLY EX-DIVIDEND DATE

BlackRock Sustainable American Income Trust, BlackRock World Mining Trust, Chenavari Toro Income Fund Limited NPV, Diversified Energy Company , HICL Infrastructure , Land Securities Group, Round Hill Music Royalty Fund Limited NPV, Yew Grove Reit (CDI)

GMS

Hammerson, Hammerson

FINALS

MJ Hudson Group NPV

AGMS

DX (Group), Hotel Chocolat Group , JPMorgan Global Markets Emerging Income Trust, K3 Capital Group , Origin Enterprises (CDI), Pan African Resources, Quiz

TRADING ANNOUNCEMENTS

Tclarke

FINAL DIVIDEND PAYMENT DATE

Ricardo, Thorpe (F.W.)

FINAL EX-DIVIDEND DATE

Antofagasta 5% Cum Prf, Craneware, Croda International 5.9% Cumulative Preference 1, Croda International 6.6% Cumulative Preference 1, Daily Mail and General Trust A (Non.V), DFS Furniture, Ecclesiastical Insurance 8.625% Non-Cum Irr Pref Shares, Euromoney Institutional Investor, Finsbury Food Group, James Halstead, Lok’n Store Group, REA Holdings 9% Cum. Prf. #1

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