View the top 7 stories for the week ahead (23-27 January), plus our key company earnings schedule.

Obama hands the baton to Trump  

This week's US Q4 GDP data will give an early indication as to how well the US economy performed in the last quarter of 2016. Michael Hewson looks at the legacy left by President Obama now that the baton has been passed to Donald Trump.
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Can a weaker euro boost German and French manufacturing?
Monday: There may finally be evidence that a lower euro is helping weaker eurozone members. Will German and French services and manufacturing continue to improve in 2017 as France prepares for elections early this year?

Is the UK economy continuing to strengthen post-Brexit? 
Thursday: Will our first glimpse of the economy's performance in the last quarter of 2016 confirm the UK as the best performing G7 nation in Q4?
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It's a numbers game for Google as Alphabet posts Q4 earnings
Thursday: Parent company Alphabet posts results from Google’s two separate businesses of internet and innovation. Will we get an update on Google's plans to expand into hardware to compete with Apple and Facebook?

Will Microsoft struggle to keep up with last year's results?
Thursday: Microsoft generally outperforms in Q2 due to sales in the Thanksgiving and Christmas periods, but a lack of any recent product upgrade may leave the company struggling to beat 2016 like-for-like numbers.

Has Unilever recovered from 2016’s Marmite controversy?
Thursday: Last year's spat with Tesco over plans to increase prices on some of its products left Unilever with a sour taste in its mouth. This week’s full-year results could show what effect, if any, exchange rate movements have had on Unilever's margins and profitability. 

Will Q1 results show Sky gaining conversions after Sky Q update?
Thursday: The recently-renewed bid by Twenty-First Century Fox caused a sharp 20% jump in Sky's share price after a slow decline in 2016. We may also get an update on the new Sky Q product, which finally appears to be gaining conversions. 

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Selected UK & US company earnings schedule

Monday 23 January Results
Halliburton (US) Q4
McDonald's (US) Q4
Tuesday 24 January Results
3M (US) Q4 
AK Steel Holding (US) Q4 
Alcoa (US) Q4 
Capital One Financial (US) Q4 
Corning (US) Q4 
Discover Financial Services (US) Q4 
DR Horton (US) Q1 
IG Group Holdings (UK) S1 
Intuitive Surgical (US) Q4 
Johnson & Johnson (US) Q4 
Lockheed Martin (US) Q4 
Polaris Industries (US) Q4 
Prologis (US) Q4 
Seagate Technology (US) Q2 
Stryker (US) Q4 
Texas Instruments (US) Q4 
Verizon Communications (US) Q4 
Wednesday 25 January Results
Abbott Laboratories (US) Q4 
AT&T (US) Q4 
Boeing (US) Q4 
Crown Castle International (US) Q4
eBay (US) Q4 
Freeport-McMoRan (US) Q4 
Hess (US) Q4 
Lam Research (US) Q2 
McKesson (US) Q3 
Norfolk Southern (US) Q4 
Procter & Gamble (US) Q2 
QUALCOMM (US) Q1 
Rockwell Automation (US) Q1 
State Street (US) Q4 
ServiceNow (US) Q4 
United Rentals (US) Q4 
United Technologies (US) Q4 
Vertex Pharmaceuticals (US) Q4 
Western Digital (US) Q2 
WW Grainger (US) Q4  
Xilinx (US) Q3 
Thursday 26 January Results
Alphabet (US) Q4 
Alliance Data Systems (US) Q4 
Baker Hughes (US) Q4 
Biogen (US) Q4 
Blackstone Group LP (US) Q4 
Bristol-Myers Squibb (US) Q4 
Caterpillar (US) Q4 
Celgene (US) Q4
Comcast (US) Q4 
Diageo (UK) Half-year
Dow Chemical (US) Q4 
Ford Motor (US) Q4 
Intel (US) Q4 
JetBlue Airways (US) Q4 
Lear (US) Q4 
Mead Johnson Nutrition (US) Q4
Microsoft (US) Q2
PayPal Holdings (US) Q4
Praxair (US) Q4
Raytheon (US) Q4 
Sherwin-Williams (US) Q4 
Sky  (UK) Half-year
Southwest Airlines (US) Q4 
Stanley Black & Decker (US) Q4 
Starbucks (US) Q1 
T Rowe Price (US) Q4  
Unilever (UK & NV) Full-year
Vmware (US) Q4
Friday 27 January Results
AbbVie (US) Q4 
Air Products & Chemicals (US) Q1 
American Airlines (US) Q4 
BT (UK) Q3 
Chevron (US) Q4 
Colgate-Palmolive (US) Q4 
Franklin Resources (US) Q1 
General Dynamics (US) Q4
Honeywell International (US) Q4
NextEra Energy (US) Q4 

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

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