Thursday preview: US jobless claims, AstraZeneca in the spotlight
Consensus is expecting but a slight drop in the number of initial jobless claims from 779,000 for the week before to 769,000.
A speech from European Central Bank vice-president, Luis De Guindos, will also be worth monitoring.
No major economic releases are scheduled in the UK.
Further afield, rate-setters in Manila are due to meet to decide on policy.
For AstraZeneca's fourth quarter, UBS analyst Michael Leuchten has penciled sales of $7.22bn, putting him slightly ahead of the consensus which is at $7.16bn.
Core operating profits on the other hand were pegged to come in at $1.94bn (consensus: $2.02bn) for earnings per share of $1.04 (consensus: $1.09).
"Top-line momentum remains key for investors," he said, adding that he expected investors to focus their questions on the outfit's business in China, which accounts for approximately a fifth of its sales.
The analyst also broke down his sales forecasts for AstraZeneca's key treatments: Tagrisso ($1.15bn), Lynparza ($483m), Imfinzi ($532m) and Calquence ($157m).
Going forwards, Leuchten expected AstraZeneca would guide towards single-digit topline growth - excluding vaccines - and for mid-to-high teens growth in earnings per share, with the latter not including gains from the spin-out of Viela.
Thursday 11 February
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