Thursday preview: Coronavirus, Ashmore Group in focus
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
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
Compass Group, easyJet, MXC Capital, On The Beach Group , Stock Spirits Group , Urban&Civic , Victrex plc
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