Thursday preview: BoE, central banks in focus
No change in policy is expected from the MPC and while it may comment on lenders' preparedness, economists at Barclays Research expected that it would wait until February for a more thorough discussion.
Stateside meanwhile, investors will be keeping an eye out for the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia's regional manufacturing sector index for the month of December.
The so-called Philly Fed survey, which is due out at 1330 GMT, covers sector conditions in the mid-Atlantic region.
In parallel, the Department of Labor will publish its jobless claims figures for the most recent week, that ending on 12 December.
On the Continent, rate-setters in Switzerland and Norway are due to meet to decide on policy.
Previously, overnight central banks in Indonesia, Philippines and Taiwan are all due to make policy announcements.
Thursday 17 December
Watches of Switzerland Group
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INTERIM EX-DIVIDEND DATE
Alliance Pharma, Cohort, Cranswick, Creightons, Discoverie Group, GB Group, JPMorgan Euro Small Co. Trust, Octopus AIM VCT, Redde Northgate, Sirius Real Estate Ltd., United Utilities Group, Ventus VCT D Shs, Ventus 2 VCT, Ventus 2 VCT 'C' Shares, Ventus 2 VCT D Shs, Ventus VCT, Ventus VCT 'C' Shares, Vodafone Group
QUARTERLY EX-DIVIDEND DATE
British American Tobacco, Mercantile Investment Trust (The), Volta Finance Limited, Volta Finance Limited NPV (GBP)
INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS
Building Permits (US) (13:30)
Consumer Price Index (EU) (10:00)
Continuing Claims (US) (13:30)
Housing Starts (US) (13:30)
Initial Jobless Claims (US) (13:30)
IntegraFin Holding, SSP Group
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Morrison (Wm) Supermarkets, RDL Realisation , VP
Amiad Water Systems Ltd, Avengardco Investments Public Ltd GDR, BATM Advanced Communications Ltd., Eqtec, European Metals Holding Limited (DI), European Metals Holding Limited (DI), Falanx Group Ltd, Focusrite, Frontier IP Group, Griffin Mining Ltd., Kier Group, Netcall, Ovoca Bio, Petra Diamonds Ltd.(DI), Solgold, Transense Technologies, Wetherspoon (J.D.)
UK ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS
BoE Interest Rate Decision (12:00)
FINAL EX-DIVIDEND DATE
Barings Emerging Emea Opportunities , Britvic, Numis Corporation