Wednesday preview: Fed minutes, German factory orders at a glance

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Financial markets will focus mid-week on the minutes of the US central bank’s March 16 monetary policy meeting.

In particular, they should provide details on the pace at which the Federal Reserve plans to reduce its balance sheet.

Economists at Barclays Research expected the Fed to hit a monthly liquidation pace of about $80 billion after just a few months.

Barclays was also looking for clues about the Fed’s views on downside risks to the economy and the benchmarks it used to determine the pace of interest rate hikes.

For us, the only economic report to be published is IHS Markitconstruction PMI for March.

In the European Union, investors will keep an eye on German factory orders figures for February.

Speeches by European Central Bank Vice-President Luis de Guindos and its chief economist, Philip Lane, are also scheduled.

Further ahead, rate officials in New Delhi are due to meet to decide monetary policy, with the consensus for no change.

Wednesday 6 April

FINALS

Wentworth Resources NPV, Avacta Group, Gresham House Energy Storage Fund, IGas Energy, Hilton Food Group, EPWIN GROUP

INTERIMS

Applied Graphene Materials

AGM

Downing Renewables & Infrastructure Trust, Maven Income & Growth 3 VCT

FINAL EX-DIVIDEND DATE

Bank Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria SA

FINAL DIVIDEND PAYMENT DATE

Pilot group

DIVIDEND INSTALLMENT PAYMENT DATE

Hargreaves Services, Alumasc Group, Appreciate Group, Wilmington

QUARTERLY PAYMENT DATE

Alpha Real Trust Ltd.

ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS IN THE UNITED KINGDOM

PMI Construction (09:30)

INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS

Factory Orders (GER) (07:00)

Producer Price Index (EU) (10:00)

MBA Mortgage Applications (US) (12:00)

Crude Oil Inventories (US) (15:50)

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