The market spotlight on the next to last trading session of the year would be on the US jobs market.
At 1330 GMT, the Department of Labor was scheduled to release weekly unemployment claims figures for the week ending on 24 December.
Nonetheless, the data were likely to be muddied by seasonal adjustment problems around Christmas.
In the euro area meantime, at 0900 GMT the European Central Bank would release M3 money supply growth data for November.
No major economic releases were expected in the UK or Japan.
Thursday 29 December
FINAL EX-DIVIDEND DATE
Schroder Asia Pacific Fund, AB Dynamics, Oxford Metrics, Grainger, Cerillion
Hotel Chocolat Group, Online Blockchain, PetroNeft Resources (CDI), Orchard Funding Group, Amte Power, Genedrive, ADVFN, SkinBioTherapeutics
FINAL DIVIDEND PAYMENT DATE
INTERIM EX-DIVIDEND PAYMENT DATE
Latham (James), Gore Street Energy Storage Fund, Artemis Alpha Trust, Volta Finance Limited NPV (GBP), BT Group, Schroder Income Growth Fund, Currys, Jet2, NB Global Monthly Income Fund Limited Red Ord Shs NPV £, The Global Smaller Companies Trust, Troy Income & Growth Trust, Volta Finance Limited, Schroder European Real Estate Investment Trust, International Biotech Trust
INTERIM DIVIDEND PAYMENT DATE
VPC Specialty Lending Investments, Develop North, Abrdn Japan Investment Trust
SPECIAL EX-DIVIDEND DATE
New Century AIM VCT
QUARTERLY EX-DIVIDEND DATE
Value and Indexed Property Income Trust, Real Estate Investors
INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS
M3 Money Supply (EU) (09:00)
Continuing Claims (US) (13:30)
Initial Jobless Claims (US) (13:30)