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Eyes on Bank of England on Thursday as coronavirus headlines continue to dominate

It is getting tougher to second guess the City diary, especially after financial result reporting was suspended by the FCA.

Ebiquity PLC - Eyes on Bank of England on Thursday as coronavirus headlines continue to dominate

Given that the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has requested a two-week moratorium on the release of corporate results, it is tough to call precisely which companies we will be hearing from on Thursday - though it is very likely that coronavirus (Covid-19) updates will continue to be all over the headlines.

Many firms have been releasing trading updates, whilst stopping short of releasing actual financials.

Similarly, the Bank of England was set to make its next interest rate decision on Thursday though after last week’s emergency drop to 0.1% there’s now limited further options. Any commentary from the latest Monetary Policy Committee meeting, however, will be keenly read.

Similarly, scheduled economic data will also be eyed by investors, banks and economists, including the latest UK retail sales and US GDP numbers.

Significant events which were scheduled for Thursday 26 March:

Bank of England interest rate decision

Finals: Ebiquity PLC (LON:EBQ), Lamprell PLC (LON:LAM), Digitalbox PLC (LON:DBOX), Arbuthnot Banking Group PLC (LON:ARBB), Impact Healthcare REIT plc (LON:IHR), Integrated Diagnostics Holdings PLC (LON:IDHC), Regional REIT Limited (LON:RGL)

FTSE 100 ex-dividends to knock 9.3 points off the index: British Land Company PLC (LON:BLND), Royal Bank of Scotland Group PLC (LON:RBS), Pearson PLC (LON:PSON), British American Tobacco PLC (LON:BATS), Schroders PLC (LON:SDR), Prudential PLC (LON:PRU)

Economic data: UK retail sales, US GDP, US jobless claims

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