View our top five events to look out for this week (20-24 March), plus our key company earnings schedule.

Will this week see further Brexit backlash?

With the Brexit bill having received royal assent last week, the path now appears to be clear for Theresa May to trigger EU Article 50 and start the formal Brexit process. With two EU summits coming up, this could be an opportune week for Brexit, particularly around the 25 March EU leaders summit.

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Will Article 50 finally get triggered after the G20?
Monday: Following this weekend's G20 finance ministers meeting, Eurogroup ministers congregate ahead of Saturday's EU leaders' summit. The populist threat to the Netherlands may be fading, but the EU still faces challenges, as Theresa May could use one of these meetings to trigger Article 50.

Will Nike continue its profit run?
Tuesday: There are high hopes for Nike's results this quarter, with expected sales of $8.46bn – a 5% increase year on year. However, some US retailers have posted disappointing results lately, so there could be a surprise coming.

FedEx may struggle to deliver
Tuesday: Since its December update, shares for courier company FedEx have been spinning sideways. This quarter, fuel prices could impact results, despite revenues which are expected to be up on last year and last quarter.

BoE to address UK inflation expectations
Tuesday: Tuesday's UK inflation reports have gained prominence since last week's BoE meeting, where one MPC member voted for a 0.25% rate hike on inflation concerns. If prices continue to rise, the BoE could follow the US and China in withdrawing stimulus and raising rates.

Manufacturing data highlights global economic health
Thursday-Friday: Flash manufacturing reports are due for Japan, Germany, France and US later this week. While inflation has been rising around the world, there has been choppiness in manufacturing, consumer, and economic data. These reports provide the first look into how economies globally are performing so far this month.

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Index dividend schedule

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Selected UK & US company earnings schedule

Monday 20 MarchResults
Argonaut Gold (US)Q4
Jamba (US)Q4
Movado Group (US)Q4
Tuesday 21 MarchResults
Amec Foster Wheeler (UK)Full-year
Bellway (UK)Half-year
Coca-Cola European Partners (UK)Q4
Earthport (UK)Half-year
EnQuest (UK)Full-year
FedEx (US)Q3
Fevertree Drinks (UK)Full-year
Francesca's Holdings (US)Q4
Gamma Communications (UK)Full-year
General Mills (US)Q3
Hansteen Holdings (UK)Full-year
HealthEquity (US)Q4
IQE (UK)Full-year
Lands' End (US)Q4
Lennar Corp (US)Q1
Mears Group (UK)Full-year
Neogen (US)Q3
Sinclair Pharma (UK)Half-year
Smart Metering Systems (UK)Full-year
Steelcase (US)Q4
Wednesday 22 MarchResults
Actuant (US)Q2
Five Below (US)Q4
Herman Miller (US)Q3
Kingfisher (UK)Full-year
Perry Ellis International (US)Q4
Savills (UK)Full-year
Softcat (UK)Half-year
Winnebago Industries (US)Q2
Xaar (UK)Full-year
Thursday 23 MarchResults
Basic Energy Services (US)Q4
Commercial Metals (US)Q2
GameStop (US)Q4
Ithaca Energy (UK)Q4
KB Home (US)Q1
Kier Group (UK)Half-year
Micron Technology (US)Q2
Next (UK)Full-year
Oxford Industries (US)Q4
PV Crystalox Solar (UK)Full-year
Secure Trust Bank (UK)Full-year
Shoe Carnival (US)Q4
Soco International (UK)Full-year
Ted Baker (UK)   Full-year
Friday 24 MarchResults
Baillie Gifford Japan Trust (UK)Half-year
Finish Line (US)Q4
GCP Student Living (UK)Half-year
Henry Boot (UK)Full-year
Smiths Group (UK)Half-year
Zeal Network SE (UK)Full-year

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

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