Tuesday preview: UK employment, Imperial Brands in focus
Barclays Research expects the latest jobless claims figures for April will show a 1.0m surge following March's inconsequential 12,000 person rise.
The unemployment rate for March is also seen registering a sharp rise, from 4.0% in February to 5.0% for March, alongside a dip in both headline and core average weekly earnings.
Acting as a backdrop, US Federal Reserve chairman, Jerome Powell, will testify before the US Senate's Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee at 1500 GMT.
Across the Channel meanwhile, the spotlight will be on the ZEW institute's closely-followed euro area economic confidence index for May.
For Imperial Brands's first half results, UBS analyst Nik Oliver is forecasting revenues from so-called next generation products of approximately £70m.
That would mark a greater than 50% reduction in sales and act as a 220 basis point drag on group organic growth, he estimated.
In its last update, on 31 March, the tobacco giant guided for a 10% decline in first half earnings per share on the back of about £85m-worth of writedowns and provisions in NGP, net of cost savings.
Excluding those write-downs on the other hand, profits and revenues were seen up slightly at constant currencies, thanks to robust tobacco pricing.
Tuesday 19 May
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INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS
Building Permits (US) (13:30)
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ZEW Survey (GER) - Current Situation (10:00)
ZEW Survey (GER) - Economic Sentiment (10:00)
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Unemployment Rate (07:00)
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