Friday's busy session will kick off with results from William Hill and Pearson before the release of economic reports on Eurozone inflation and US gross domestic product (GDP).
Gaming company William Hill will post its annual results just three days after sector peer Ladbrokes reported another troubled year as it failed to keep up with its larger rival and establish itself in a growing online market.
Numis said it remains positive on William Hill as a market leader with the financial resources to withstand shocks better than many competitors.
Such shocks include gaming machine regulations and potential new duties for the online in the UK.
In January the company said it expects annual net revenue rose 16%, driven by retail and online sales. Operating profit is anticipated to be around £334m.
Education publisher Pearson also releases its finals, following a negative pre-close statement which said trading conditions remained challenging.
"This will likely be a key area of focus at the analyst , along with further granular detail around the ongoing transformation of Pearson from education print publisher to education software provider," Numis said.
The broker expects revenues of £5.67bn and earnings before interest, tax and amortisation (EBITA) of £735.5m, including the associate contribution from recently acquired Penguin Random House. It also forecasts adjusted pre-tax profit of £670.5m, earnings per share of 70p and a dividend of 48p for the year.
In terms of economic data, Eurozone inflation figures will be a prime focus as the European Central Bank (ECB) comes under mounting pressure to tackle falling prices.
Consumer prices in February are forecast by the consensus to have risen by 0.8% in February, in line with the prior month, and well below the ECB's 2% target. Barclays Research and Credit Suisse, on the other hand, see it coming in at 0.6%.
Another release in the Eurozone is predicted to show the unemployment rate held at 12%.
High unemployment and low inflation have been a major cause for concern in the euro-area. ECB President Mario Draghi has hinted that the central bank may enact greater measures to address these issues at its March meeting, following the release of economic forecasts.
In the US later on the attention will turn to GDP which is tipped to fall slightly to 2.5% in the fourth quarter from 3.2%.
Other US data includes the University of Michigan's consumer confidence, pending home sales, personal consumption and Chicago's purchasing managers' index.
Friday February 28th
Just Retirement Group
INTERIM DIVIDEND PAYMENT DATE
City of London Investment Group, Conviviality Retail , Fusionex International, NB Private Equity Partners Ltd.
QUARTERLY PAYMENT DATE
City of London Inv Trust, Picton Property Income Ltd
INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS
Chicago PMI (US) (13:45)
GDP (Preliminary) (US) (13:30)
International Reserves (EU) (11:00)
Pending Homes Sales (US) (15:00)
Retail Sales (GER) (07:00)
U. of Michigan Confidence (Final) (US) (14:55)
Unemployment Rate (EU) (10:00)
Berendsen, Candover Investments, International Consolidated Airlines Group SA (CDI), Interserve, Intu Properties, Laird, Mondi, Old Mutual, Pearson, Pilat Media Global, Rentokil Initial, Rightmove, Synthomer, UBM, William Hill
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Hazel Renewable Energy VCT 1, Hazel Renewable Energy VCT 1 A Shares, Hazel Renewable Energy VCT 2, Hazel Renewable Energy VCT 2 A Shares
China Rerun Chemical Group Ltd (DI), Sanderson Group
UK ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS
Consumer Confidence (09:30)
GFK Consumer Confidence (00:05)
Mortgage Approvals (09:30)
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Andor Technology, Blue Capital Global Reinsurance Fund Ltd (DI), Gooch & Housego, Starwood European Real Estate Finance Ltd