View the week's key company earnings schedule and key stories to watch.

The top 5 stories to look out for (28 March - 3 April 2016)

1.    TUE 29 MAR
Will sugar levy be a bitter pill to swallow for Irn Bru-makerAG Barr?
Can AG Barr provide guidance on the possible impact of the sugar levy? How will the company combat any impact on prices when it reports full-year earnings this week?

2.    TUE 29 MAR
Not so smooth sailing for Carnival Corp?
Worries about increased terrorist activity and the Zika virus could impact this week’s Q1 trading update for cruise line operator Carnival Corp. 

3.    THU 31 MAR
Will final UK GDP come in higher than the last revision?
A reading higher than the 0.5% quarter-on-quarter rise in the last revision would be good for Chancellor Osborne, who had a problematic Budget due to the economic slowdown.

4.    FRI 1 APR
Will March’s non-farm payrolls paint a mixed jobs picture?
Another weak wages number after February’s sharp drop could push expectations for a US rate rise further out into the middle of the year.  

5.    FRI 1 APR
Further weakness in Chinese manufacturing could spell bad news for markets
Could a reading below 48 in this week’s Caixin Chinese PMI data trigger a sell-off in the markets? 


Key company earnings (28 March - 3 April)

Cal-Maine Foods (US) – Q3

AG Barr (UK) - full-year
Carnival (US) - Q1
Conn's (US) – Q4    
Lennar (US) – Q1    
Sonic (US) – Q2

BowLeven (UK) - half-year
Micron Technology (US) - Q2

Chesnara (UK) - full-year
Hilton Food (UK) - full-year
James Halstead (UK) - half-year 
Polypipe UK) - full-year
Wireless (UK) - full-year

No major companies scheduled to report

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

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