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Will UK bookies turn up trumps?

Ahead of earnings from bookies William Hill and Ladbrokes this week, Jasper Lawler analyses the increasingly tough outlook for the UK gaming industry.

Will the banks get a break?

RBS, HSBC and Standard Chartered report earnings this week. Plans to charge business customers negative interest rates show how tough the low-rate environment has become for bank profits.

US automakers go head-to-head

The US auto industry reports earnings this week with Ford, GM and Tesla all on the docket. Tesla is under pressure to deliver after the fatal accident of one its customers while using their autopilot mode.

Is LinkedIn going places?

It will be Microsoft investors who have the most to win or lose when LinkedIn reports its Q2 earnings on Thursday, after the company was bought by Bill Gates’ tech behemoth for $26bn.

US health insurers under scrutiny

Earnings from US health insurance giants Aetna and Humana will be scrutinised this week for any effect on their planned merger, which has been criticised by the US Justice Department.

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Selected company earnings (1-5 August)

Monday 1 AugustResults
AMC Entertainment Holdings (US)Q2
Diamond Offshore Drilling (US)Q2
Fidessa Group (UK)Half-year
Frontier Communications (US)Q2
Intertek Group (UK)Half-year
Keller Group (UK)Half-year
Macquarie Infrastructure (US)Q2
Senior (UK)Half-year
Trinity Mirror (UK)Half-year
Ultra Electronics Holdings (UK)Half-year
Vulcan Materials (US)Q2
Tuesday 2 AugustResults
4imprint Group (UK)Half-year
Aetna (US)Q2
Avis Budget Group (US)Q2
Avon Products (US)Q2
BBA Aviation (UK)Half-year
Caesars Entertainment (US)Q2
Clipper Logistics (UK)Full-year
Cobalt International Energy (US)Q2
Dialight (UK)Half-year
Direct Line Insurance (UK)Half-year
Elementis (UK)Half-year
Etsy (US)Q2
Ford Motors (US)Sales update
Fitbit (US)Q2
General Motors (US)Sales update
Greggs (UK)Half-year
InterContinental Hotels (UK)Half-year
LSL Property Services (UK)Half-year
Meggitt (UK)Half-year
Molson Coors Brewing (US)Q2
Morgan Sindall Group (UK)Half-year
Pfizer (US)Q2
Procter & Gamble (US)Q4
Rotork (UK)Half-year
Royal Caribbean Cruises (US)Q2
SDL (UK)Half-year
Seagate Technology (US)Q4
Shire (US)Half-year
Spirent Communications (UK)Half-year
Tableau Software (US)Q2
Travis Perkins (UK)Half-year
Tullett Prebon (UK)Half-year
Wednesday 3 AugustResults
3D Systems (US)Q2
Aggreko (UK)Half-year
CenturyLink (US)Q2
Devro (UK)Half-year
Equinix (US)Q2
GoDaddy (US)Q2
Gulfport Energy (US)Q2
HSBC (UK)Half-year
Humana (US)Q2
Intercontinental Exchange (US)Q2
Marathon Oil (US)Q2
MetLife (US)Q2 (UK)Half-year
Novae Group (UK)Half-year
Oasis Petroleum (US)Q2
Office Depot (US)Q2
Prudential Financial (US)Q2
Rio Tinto (UK)Half-year
Soco International (UK)Half-year
Standard Chartered (UK)Half-year
Tesla Motors (US)Q2
Time Warner (US)Q2
TripAdvisor (US)Q2
Twenty-First Century Fox (US)Q4
Western Union (US)Q2
Thursday 4 AugustResults
Aviva (UK)Half-year
Becton Dickinson (US)Q3
Brammer (UK)Half-year
Chesapeake Energy (US)Q2
Cobham (UK)Half-year
Communisis (UK)Half-year
Duke Energy (US)Q2
Hill & Smith Holdings (UK)Half-year
Inmarsat (UK)Half-year
Johnston Press (UK)Half-year
Kellogg (US)Q2
Kraft Heinz (US)Q2
Ladbrokes (UK)Half-year
LinkedIn (US)Q2
London Stock Exchange Group (UK)Half-year
MGM Resorts International (US)Q2
Mohawk Industries (US)Q2
Motorola Solutions (US)Q2
Priceline Group (US)Q2
RPS Group (UK)Half-year
RSA Insurance (UK)Half-year
SeaWorld Entertainment (US)Q2
Serco Group (UK)Half-year
Starwood Property Trust (US)Q2
Super Micro Computer (US)Q4
Viacom (US)Q3
Vitec Group (UK)Half-year
Zynga  (US)Q2
Friday 5 AugustResults
esure Group (UK)Half-year
Kennedy Wilson Europe Real Estate (UK)Half-year
Liberty Interactive Corp QVC Group (US)Q2
Royal Bank of Scotland Group (UK)Q2
Weyerhaeuser (US)Q2
William Hill (UK)Half-year

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