View the top 7 stories to watch (2-8 May 2016) and our key company earnings schedule 

Will US jobs data offer clues on a June rate move?

The Fed pulled the trigger on its first rate rise in seven years at the end of last year. This was predicted to lead to a succession of rate rises, but a slowdown in the global economy and weakness in commodity prices has halted this expectation.

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6 other stories to look out for this week

1. TUE 3 MAY
Can HSBC turn the tide?
Will HSBC's Q1 trading update ease or reinforce concerns for the global banking sector over low and negative interest rates and higher regulatory burdens?

2. TUE 3 MAY
Is China really making a recovery?
This week's Caixin manufacturing and services (Thu) PMI data may be a better indicator than recent GDP data as to how the Chinese economy performed in April. 

3. WED 4 MAY
How has Shell weathered the Q1 oil storm? 
Decade-low oil prices and tightened refining margins mean this will be a rough quarter for Shell, but can it beat estimates like rival BP did recently?

4. WED 4 MAY
Can Tesla's Model 3 go the distance
Tesla has embarked on a new drive to appeal to the masses with its cut-price Model 3 car. Orders are through the roof but can production meet demand?

5. WED 4 MAY
Are Sainsbury's and Morrisons fighting back? 
Tesco's results and recent Kantar data suggest the 'big four' supermarkets, including Sainsbury's and Morrisons (Thu), are fighting back in the price war with discounters. 

6. WED 4 MAY
What's next for Next?
Next’s chairman has likened the year ahead to 'walking up the down escalator' due to a general shift away from clothing consumption. What will Wednsdays results reveal?


Selected company earnings (2-6 May)

Monday 2 MayResults
Diamond Offshore Drilling (US) Q1
Macquarie Infrastucture (US)Q1
Sysco (US)Q3
Tuesday 3 MayResults
Aberdeen Asset Management (UK)Half-year
Avis Budget Group (US)Q1
Cobalt International Energy (US)Q1
Duke Energy (US)Q1
Estee Lauder (US)Q3
Indivior (UK)Q1
Molson Coors Brewing (US)Q1
Pfizer (US)Q1
Starwood Hotels & Resorts (US)Q1
Western Union (US)Q1
Wednesday 4 MayResults
Avon Rubber (UK) Half-year
Diamond Resorts International Q1
Imperial Brands (UK)Half-year
Intercontinental Exchange (US)Q1
Kraft Heinz (US)Q1
Marathon Oil (US)Q1
Next (UK)Q1 sales release
Priceline Group (US)Q1
Prudential Financial (US)Q1
Sainsbury (UK)Full-year
Shell (UK)Q1
Tesla Motors (US)Q1
Time Warner (US)Q1
TripAdvisor (US)Q1
Twenty-First Century Fox (US)Q3
Weight Watchers International (US)Q1
Whole Foods Market (US)Q1
Thursday 5 MayResults
3D Systems Corp (US)Q1
Avon Products (US)Q1
BT Group (UK) Full-year
Caesars Entertainment Corp (US)Q1
Chesapeake Energy Corp (US)Q1
Kellogg (US)Q1
Lancashire Insurance (UK)Q1
MGM Resorts International (US)Q1
Mohawk Industries (US)Q1
Morrisons (UK)Q1 sales release
Sage Group (UK)Half-year
Synergy Resources Corp (US)Q1
Yelp Inc (US)Q1
Friday 6 MayResults
Cigna Corp (US)Q1
ITE Group (UK)Half-year
Numis Corp (UK)Half-year
Tyson Foods (US)Q2
Weyerhaeuser (US)Q1

Company announcements are subject to change. All the events listed above were correct at the time of writing.

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