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Thursday preview: US economic data in the spotlight

By Alexander Bueso

Date: Wednesday 14 Mar 2018

LONDON (ShareCast) - (ShareCast News) - Investors will be treated to a slew of economic releases in the States on Thursday, including readings on so-called 'high-frequency' indicators such as initial weekly unemployment claims and the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia's regional manufacturing sector gauge.
Due out alongside those two reports as well are the NAHB's housing market index for March and figures on long-term capital flows.

Data on this side of the Atlantic on the other hand will be scarce, with no major releases scheduled in the UK and little on offer across the Channel.

Nevertheless, a reading for January on the size of the Italian government's debt pile may provide an interesting talking point.

In parallel, central banks in Switzerland and Norway are due to decide on interest rates.

Over in the corporate patch, and having just completed its takeover of US peer Regal Entertainment, Cineworld is among those slated to update markets on its full-year 2017 performance.

Deutsche Bank predicted the initial reaction to be led by current year trading for Regal in North America, the shorter-term film slate outlook, further guidance on the Regal investment opportunity thought to be about 220m net capex per year, confidence in quantum of merger synergies with $100m targeted, an update on debt for the enlarged business and the performance of the 'old' Cineworld estate.

Thursday March 15

INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS

Continuing Claims (US) (12:30)

Import and Export Price Indices (US) (13:30)

Initial Jobless Claims (US) (12:30)

Philadelphia Fed Index (US) (13:30)

FINALS

Cineworld Group, Curtis Banks Group, Forbidden Technologies, Just Group, Manx Telecom , Oakley Capital Investments Ltd. (DI), Old Mutual, OneSavings Bank, Phoenix Group Holdings (DI), PJSC Megafon GDR (Reg S), Portmeirion Group, Savills, Spirax-Sarco Engineering, TMT Investments

INTERIMS

Kier Group

TRADING ANNOUNCEMENTS

Amryt Pharma

ANNUAL REPORT

AstraZeneca

SPECIAL EX-DIVIDEND DATE

3i Infrastructure, River and Mercantile Group , Spirent Communications

AGMS

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria SA, Henderson Opportunities Trust, Lonmin, Oxford Biodynamics

FINAL DIVIDEND PAYMENT DATE

LLoyds Banking Group 6.475% Non-Cum Pref Shares

FINAL EX-DIVIDEND DATE

Anglo American, Apax Global Alpha Limited , Crest Nicholson Holdings, Domino's Pizza Group, Essentra, Glanbia, Globaldata, Hammerson, Law Debenture Corp., Millennium & Copthorne Hotels, PCF Group, Rights & Issues Inv Trust Income Shares, RM, Spirent Communications, SSP Group , Triple Point Social Housing Reit

INTERIM DIVIDEND PAYMENT DATE

Rank Group, Springfield Properties

INTERIM EX-DIVIDEND DATE

Abcam, AdEPT Telecom, Galliford Try, Haynes Publishing Group, JPMorgan Mid Cap Inv Trust, London Finance & Investment Group, Maven Income & Growth 3 VCT, Maven Income & Growth 4 VCT, Maven Income & Growth VCT, Maven Income and Growth VCT 5, River and Mercantile Group , TR European Growth Trust, Trifast

QUARTERLY PAYMENT DATE

Canadian General Investments Ltd.

QUARTERLY EX-DIVIDEND DATE

Aberdeen Diversified Income and Growth Trust , Assura , Blackrock North American Income Trust , XP Power Ltd. (DI)