Thursday preview: Coronavirus, Ashmore Group in focus

updated: 5 February 2020 at 2:01pm Author: Alexander Bueso

(Sharecast News) - Investors are likly to continue to focus on the Chinese coronavirus amid a lacklustre economic calendar around the world.
Stateside, the main attraction will be speeches from Dallas Fed president, Robert Kaplan, at 1415 GMT, and another from Fed governor Randal Quarles on the economic outlook just after midnight.

Across the Channel, the focus would be on a report for factory orders in Germany a 0700 GMT, followed by the European Central Bank's monthly bulletin at 0900 GMT.

ECB chief Lagarde and her number two, De Guindos, were also set to deliver speeches.

Further afield, central banks in India and the Philippines were set to decide on interest rates.

No major economic releases were scheduled for release in the UK.

Among the corporates that are due to update markets on Thursday is fund manager Ashmore Group.

UBS analyst Michael Werner is anticipating first half sales of £171.0, which would make for a 12.0% gain year-on-year, driven by management fees from growth in assets under management.

Six-month earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation were seen 12.0% higher versus the comparable year earlier figure, with earnings per share expected to climb 35.0% to 13.7p.

Thursday 06 February

INTERIMS

Ashmore Group, Filtronic

INTERIM DIVIDEND PAYMENT DATE

XPS Pensions Group

INTERIM EX-DIVIDEND DATE

Daejan Holdings, Downing One VCT , Motorpoint Group, NCC Group

QUARTERLY PAYMENT DATE

BlackRock Latin American Inv Trust, British American Tobacco

QUARTERLY EX-DIVIDEND DATE

Civitas Social Housing , JPMorgan Claverhouse Inv Trust, SQN Asset Finance Income Fund Limited, SQN Asset Finance Income Fund Limited 'C Shares'

INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS

Continuing Claims (US) (13:30)

Factory Orders (GER) (07:00)

Initial Jobless Claims (US) (13:30)

SPECIAL EX-DIVIDEND DATE

Aberforth Smaller Companies Trust, Best of the Best, Oxford Technology 2 VCT, PayPoint

EGMS

GVC Holdings

AGMS

Compass Group, easyJet, MXC Capital, On The Beach Group , Stock Spirits Group , Urban&Civic , Victrex plc

TRADING ANNOUNCEMENTS

Compass Group

FINAL DIVIDEND PAYMENT DATE

Unicorn AIM VCT

FINAL EX-DIVIDEND DATE

Aberforth Smaller Companies Trust, Baronsmead Second Venture Trust, Baronsmead Venture Trust, Blackrock Income And Growth Investment Trust, CC Japan Income & Growth Trust, JPMorgan Russian Securities, M & G Credit Income Investment Trust , Sage Group, Treatt