Friday preview: EU extension decision, Barclays in focus

updated: 24 October 2019 at 11:54am Author: Alexander Bueso

(Sharecast News) - Financial markets' focus at the end of the week will revert to all things Brexit as the European Union announces whether or not it has accepted Parliament's request for another extension to the Brexit deadline to 31 January or only a shorter one.
Assuming the former is the case, despite reports that Paris is digging in its heels against such a possibility, markets will move to price-in Boris Johnson's chances of success at pushing for a general election on 12 December.

Labour has already indicated that they support such a move, but only once the possibility of a hard-Brexit has been taken off the table for good.

Against that backdrop, the IFO institute's closely-followed monthly business confidence index for Germany is set for release at 0900 BST, alongside a reading on consultancy GfK's German consumer confidence index for November.

To take note of, survey data published on Thursday had shown manufacturing sentiment in the euro area facing in October what analysts described as the fiercest headwinds since 2012, when the bloc was in the midst of the confidence crisis in periphery debt markets centred on Greece and Spain.

Stateside, at 1500 BST the University of Michigan will publish the final results of its consumer confidence survey for October.

No major economic releases are scheduled in the UK.



From among the big corporate names that are set to update financial markets on Friday, the market spotlight will likely shine brightest on Barclays.

Deutsche Bank analyst, Benjamin Goy, is expecting the lender to post a 1.0% rise in profits before tax for its third quarter to reach £1.621bn, as credit impairments jump by roughly 97% to £501.0m.

The lender's net interest margin meanwhile is seen declining to 2.78% from 2.94% for the comparable year ago period and its Basel III Tier 1 common equity ratio to 13.0% from 13.2%.

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