View our top six market events to look out for this week (17-21 April), plus our key company earnings schedule.
Potential impact of the French presidential election on the euro and stocks
Colin Cieszynski takes a look ahead to the first round of French presidential voting on Sunday 23 April, with four candidates still in the race for two second-round spots.
Tune in for Netflix's Q1 earnings
Monday: Shares gapped up after Netflix beat forecasts on sales and earnings last quarter, reporting EPS at $0.25, surpassing estimates of $0.20. In the last three months they have continued to trend upward, trading in the $140-$150 range. How will Q1 results impact the share price?
Will Unilever’s earnings reinforce its share price rise?
Thursday: Unilever's earnings may give an indication of what to expect from the big consumer product companies this quarter. Its shares have rallied from near 3,200p to over 4,000p in the last two months, a sign of rising expectations. Have recent gains inflated the valuation and could shares be vulnerable to profit-taking?
Are UK retail sales slowing?
Friday: UK retail sales have continued to beat those from a year ago, but with the British Retail Consortium recently warning of a slowdown, this report is significant. Retail sales are predicted to fall 0.2% in March, but increase 3.6% year-on- year. What will Friday's number reveal?
Will General Electric's outlook be bright?
Friday: A number of sectors benefited from the election of president Trump, including financial services, industrials and infrastructure. The big banks have started reporting their first results under the new president, and this week it's the industrial's turn with General Electric the main event. As with many US companies this quarter, outlook comments may be more important than results.
French presidential race heads into round one of voting
Sunday: European markets, particularly the France 40 and euro forex pairs, could be active this week as the French election campaign comes to a head with round one on Sunday. In what has been a close campaign between the four major candidates, it’s how Marine Le Pen fares relative to expectations that could indicate the strength of Eurosceptic forces and potentially have a significant impact on the euro.
Index dividend schedule
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Selected UK & US company earnings schedule
|Monday 17 April||Results|
|Brown & Brown (US)||Q1|
|Equity LifeStyle Properties (US)||Q1|
|M&T Bank (US)||Q1|
|Tuesday 18 April||Results|
|Bank of America (US)||Q1|
|Charles Schwab (US)||Q1|
|Eagle Bancorp (US)||Q1|
|Goldman Sachs (US)||Q1|
|Interactive Brokers (US)||Q1|
|Johnson & Johnson (US)||Q1|
|Mercantile Bank (US)||Q1|
|United Financial Bancorp (US)||Q1|
|Universal Forest Products (US)||Q1|
|Wintrust Financial (US)||Q1|
|WW Grainger (US)||Q1|
|Wednesday 19 April||Results|
|American Express (US)||Q1|
|Associated British Foods (UK)||Half-year|
|CSX Corp (US)||Q1|
|East West Bancorp (US)||Q1|
|Morgan Stanley (US)||Q1|
|Steel Dynamics (US)||Q1|
|Union Bankshares (US)||Q1|
|United Rentals (US)||Q1|
|US Bancorp (US)||Q1|
|Thursday 20 April||Results|
|Acacia Mining (UK)||Q1|
|Alliance Data Systems (US)||Q1|
|Associated Banc-Corp (US)||Q1|
|Bank of New York Mellon (US)||Q1|
|Basic Energy Services (US)||Q1|
|Blackstone Group (US)||Q1|
|First Financial Bancorp (US)||Q1|
|Janus Capital Group (US)||Q1|
|Manhattan Associates (US)||Q1|
|Philip Morris International (US)||Q1|
|Quest Diagnostics (US)||Q1|
|Verizon Communications (US)||Q1|
|Werner Enterprises (US)||Q1|
|Western Alliance Bancorp (US)||Q1|
|Friday 21 April||Results|
|General Electric (US)||Q1|
|Honeywell International (US)||Q1|
|Rockwell Collins (US)||Q2|
|Stanley Black & Decker (US)||Q1|
|SunTrust Banks (US)||Q1|
|TrustCo Bank (US)||Q1|
Company announcements are subject to change. All the events listed above were correct at the time of writing.
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