View our top five events to look out for this week (5-9 June), plus our key company earnings schedule.

The week ahead: UK election & ECB rate meeting

View our week ahead video preview as UK Chief Market Analyst Michael Hewson looks ahead to Thursday's UK general election and European Central Bank rate meeting.

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Will services data point to further eurozone growth? 
Tuesday: The recent improvement in economic data across Europe has raised expectations that the ECB will come under pressure to look at an exit from its ultra-loose monetary policy. Further decent numbers in May’s services PMI results will increase the strain on the ECB when they meet on Thursday.

Will the ECB react to the changing economic landscape?
Thursday: The ECB is under growing pressure to outline an exit strategy for its current loose monetary policy. While inflation has started to gain traction, the recent pull back in May has eased short-term pressure on the central bank. However, their insistence that economic risks remain tilted to the downside will probably have to change, even if their current policy stance does not.

Is China facing an economic downturn? 
Thursday & Friday: Recent PMI figures suggest the Chinese economy has hit a soft patch in recent months, with April’s trade data showing a sharp drop in imports, reflecting a significant fall in demand. Inflation has also showed signs of weakening, raising concerns that a slowdown in the world’s second-biggest economy may be an early indication of a wider softening of economic conditions.

Can UK manufacturing & industrial production data improve?
Friday: The outlook for the UK economy in Q2 appears to suggest an improvement on Q1. Recent PMI survey data has pointed to an improvement in April, although official numbers have consistently failed to meet expectations. Will the latest April data point to a Q2 pickup? 

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Index dividend schedule

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UK & US company earnings schedule

Monday 5 JuneResults
No major announcements-
Tuesday 6 JuneResults
HD Supply (US)Q1
International Consolidated Airlines (UK)May sales & revenue
Wednesday 7 JuneResults
Brown-Forman (US)Q4
Thursday 8 JuneResults
No major announcements-
Friday 9 JuneResults
No major announcements-

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

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