Thursday preview: US jobs data, 3i in the spotlight
Across the Channel meanwhile, investors' focus will be on the European Central Bank's monthly bulletin.
On home shores meanwhile, the sole reference on the economic calendar will be the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors house price index for April.
No major economic releases are scheduled in Asia.
On the corporate front, 3i's full year numbers may give investors some insight into how professional managers view the outlook for some of the most hard hit sectors in the current pandemic.
Morgan Stanley expects the private equity and venture capital giant to report 26% quarter-on-quarter drop in net asset value to 653.0p per share, on the back of marking-to-market its portfolio.
To take into account, roughly 60% of the portfolio was exposed to retail, travel and leisure.
The bulk of that exposure, 40%, was derived from discount retailer Action and Morgan Stanley was keen to see 3i management's MTM adjustments.
The broker had marked down its own estimate of Action's value by 40% but said 3i might opt to look past the temporary Covid-19 impact, so its markdown could be less.
Other key areas of focus would be management commentary on the outlook for performance, liquidity and leverage levels, as well as investment/realisation activity in the nearer term.
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