Friday preview: UK GDP unlikely to be revised up

Friday's second reading of UK gross domestic product has the potential for the disappointing growth in the first quarter to be upgraded, though economists are not confident.

23 May
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Thursday preview: TalkTalk and Kingfisher results under scrutiny

Retail figures on Thursday will be more widely studies than usual as the market seeks reasons for the Bank of England to regain confidence over the economy, while company news includes closely watched results from Kingfisher and TalkTalk.

22 May
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Wednesday preview: M&S results to determine FTSE fate, CPI and Fed mins in focus

Wednesday results from Marks & Spencer could determine the high street fixture's FTSE 100 status, while UK inflation data is likely to move the pound and Fed meeting minutes will be closely read and fairly certain to move the dollar.

21 May
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Tuesday preview: Galliford update eyed as Halfords aims to stay on track

Although quieter than last week, there's still plenty for investors to get their teeth into on Tuesday, with updates from Close Brothers, Cranswick, Entertainment One, Galliford Try, Halfords, Homeserve, Pets at Home and Shaftesbury, before later data on UK public finance data and industrial trends that could move markets a little.

17 May
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Friday preview: All attention on AstraZeneca and Hikma numbers

After three packed days of company news, London's diary for Friday is much lighter, with quarterly numbers from drug makers AstraZeneca and Hikma getting the full attention of investors.

16 May
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Thursday preview: Packed diary includes British Land, National Grid, Thomas Cook

Thursday is expected to be the second busiest day on the European corporate calendar this month, with results and updates from the likes of 3i Group, British Land, Countryside, Experian, Grainger, Investec, Just Group, National Grid, Mothercare, Royal Mail, Sophos and Thomas Cook.

15 May
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Wednesday preview: Numbers from Burberry, Cineworld, Galliford Try, Playtech and SSP

Wednesday's UK corporate calendar is bulging with the likes of Burberry, Cineworld, Crest Nicholson, Galliford Try, Marston's, Mitchells & Butlers, Mondi, Playtech, Premier Oil, National Express and SSP Group.

14 May
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Tuesday preview: UK labour report, Vodafone, easyJet, Hargreaves

Tuesday's schedule contains some big company updates, including Vodafone, easyJet and LandSec, before a UK labour market report that will be scrutinised particularly closely after the Bank of England's recent backpedalling.

10 May
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Friday preview: US consumer confidence, Wood Group in focus

The news-flow on both the economic and corporate calendars is set to shift lower by several gears at the end of the week, with no major economic releases expected out of the UK or China.

09 May
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Thursday preview: MPC in focus, 'crunch time' at BT

The market spotlight will be firmly on Governor Carney and his fellow rate-setters at the Bank of England on Thursday, as they field questions on the recent slowdown in the economy, its likely length and implications for monetary policy.

08 May
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Wednesday preview: Imperial Brands, Provident Financial in the spotlight

Financial markets' focus on Wednesday will be on a steady stream of company updates.

03 May
Friday preview: HSBC, IAG and IHG before later NFPs

Friday's non-farm payrolls report in the States is the market's big event of the week, though confidence is sky high over a US rate hike in June, while in London the early focus will be on HSBC, IAG and IHG.

02 May
Thursday preview: Services PMI, results from Smith & Nephew and Esure

Thursday's domestic concerns will be local council elections, a key survey on the services sector and results from the likes of Smith & Nephew, esure and Lancashire.

02 May
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Wednesday preview: StanChart, FOMC, Euro GDP

A packed Wednesday schedule includes trading updates from the likes of Direct Line and StanChart, plus macro events including UK construction data, eurozone GDP, a US Fed policy meeting and Chinese manufacturing numbers.

30 Apr
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Tuesday preview: BP and Just Eat to deliver quarterly updates

Tuesday offers some key UK economic data and trading updates from FTSE 100 pair BP and Just Eat, though many round the world will be enjoying the Labour Day holiday, including much of Europe, South America and China.

25 Apr
Thursday preview: Facebook, Shell, ECB and Microsoft in focus

Another avalanche of company earnings awaits investors on Thursday, only this time they will be accompanied by multiple economic reports and the European Central Bank's policy meeting and follow-up presser with its chief, Mario Draghi.

24 Apr
Wednesday preview: Brexit, Facebook and Lloyds in the spotlight

Any headlines out of the cabinet Brexit subcommittee meeting will garner the most attention on Wednesday, with senior ministers expected to debate post-Brexit plans for a customs union with the EU.

23 Apr
Tuesday preview: US tech earnings, LSE and St.James's Place in focus

Corporate results in the States will centre attention tomorrow, especially those from tech giant Alphabet, Google's owner.

19 Apr
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Friday preview: US corporate news in focus

Barring surprises, the economic calendar was looking rather sparse at the end of the week, with no economic releases scheduled in the UK and just one lone Fed speaker set to take to the podium on Friday, Chicago Fed chief Charles Evans, at 1710 BST.