The flow of economic data will pick up slightly on Friday with the latest Chinese consumer and producer price data due out.
Those reports will precede the release of money supply figures for the month of April which are expected to be published perhaps as early as this next Saturday.
In the UK ONS will release its latest statistics on foreign trade and industrial production.
Also to watch out for, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French Prime Minister Francois Hollande are scheduled to meet on the Baltic coast on Friday. One can only imagine that the situation in nearby Ukraine will be high on the agenda.
On the corporate side of things, several large corporations are set to update investors on their finances, including: Hansard Global, Man Group, Resolution Ltd., Brit, Tullett Prebon, Man Group and TT Electronics.
Man Group will publish an interim trading statement tomorrow. Broker Numis expects the fund manager to report assets under management (AuM) of $54.3bn and quarterly net flows $0.7bn.
"Whilst AHL's importance to group recurring profit has now started to reduce, given the significant decline in those assets and fee margins, it still remains a major contributor (circa 46% of fiscal year 2014 management fee contribution) AHL profits are still expected to decline in the future (management fee contribution: fiscal year 2013 estimate: $273m, fiscal year 2014 estimate: $158m, fiscal year 2015 estimate: $112m, fiscal year 2016 estimate: $76m), with outflows, performance and margin compression," Numis added.
Friday May 9th
INTERIM DIVIDEND PAYMENT DATE
Begbies Traynor Group, Ingenious Entertainment VCT 1 H Shs, Ingenious Entertainment Vct 2 H Shs
INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS
Balance of Trade (GER) (07:00)
Current Account (GER) (07:00)
Retail Price Index (GER) (07:00)
Wholesale Inventories (US) (15:00)
Hansard Global, Man Group, Resolution Ltd.
Baillie Gifford Shin Nippon, Byblos Bank SAL GDR (Reg S), Clarke (T.), Clarkson, Equatorial Palm Oil, Forum Energy, Goldenport Holdings Inc., Grafton Group Units, Kellan Group, Man Group, Mobeus Income & Growth 4 Vct, Morgan Advanced Materials , RSA Insurance Group, TT Electronics, Tullett Prebon
UK ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS
Balance of Trade (09:30)
Industrial Production (09:30)
Manufacturing Production (09:30)
FINAL DIVIDEND PAYMENT DATE
4Imprint Group, Chemring Group, Fisher (James) & Sons, Greggs, InterContinental Hotels Group, International Personal Finance, JPMorgan American Inv Trust, Kerry Group 'A' Shares, Meggitt, Molins, Trust Bank, SEGRO, Smurfit Kappa Group, Stadium Group, Tullow Oil, Vitec Group