View the top 7 stories to look out for this week (29 November-2 December) plus our key company earnings schedule.
US non-farm payrolls: will there be a Trump effect?
The week ahead
Is the US economy on the up?
Tuesday: The US economy has had a stop-start year, but the most recent Q3 data showed signs of an upswing. This week's revision should provide confirmation, adding fuel to the belief that US rates could rise next year.
First UK banks stress test since Brexit vote
Wednesday: The results of the Bank of England's 2016 stress test for the UK's seven most systematically-important banks and building societies are due for public release at 7am on Wednesday.
Are consumers switching to Zoopla?
Wednesday: Zoopla's acquisition of uSwitch continues to reap rewards with consumers remaining cost-conscious, and this trend towards value for money is likely to see it continue to do well.
Can Black Friday offer Costco a sales boost?
Wednesday: US retailers have had a tough time over the past few years, though expectations are rising as this trend has shown signs of shifting recently. With Black Friday and Cyber Monday in the rear-view mirror, Costco's update is expected to build on its positive August release.
OPEC meets to refine production cut details
Wednesday: After agreeing to cut oil production in September, OPEC meet to iron out the details. Open interest, which measures the total number of contracts in the oil market, is at its highest since 2007 as traders bet on either a successful or failed deal.
Berkeley Group struggles to rebuild confidence
Friday: Berkeley's share price is still down over 20% since the Brexit vote, even though last week's Autumn Statement confirmed new investment into the UK housing market. Friday's trading update will establish whether recent pessimism is overdone.
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Selected UK & US company earnings schedule
|Monday 28 November||Results|
|Aberdeen Asset Management (UK)||Full-year|
|GB Group (UK)||Half-year|
|Tuesday 29 November||Results|
|Berry Plastics (US)||Q4|
|ITE Group (UK)||Full-year|
|KCOM Group (UK)||Half-year|
|Topps Tiles (UK)||Full-year|
|Wednesday 30 November||Results|
|American Eagle Outfitters (US)||Q3|
|Brewin Dolphin (UK)||Full-year|
|Greene King (UK)||Half-year|
|LondonMetric Propety (UK)||Half-year|
|Telford Homes (UK)||Half-year|
|Zoopla Property (UK)||Full-year|
|Thursday 1 December||Results|
|Costco Wholesale (US)||November sales|
|Daily Mail & General Trust (UK)||Full-year|
|Dollar General (US)||Q3|
|Smith & Wesson (US)||Q3|
|Ulta Salon Cosmetics (US)||Q3|
|Versum Materials (US)||Q4|
|Friday 2 December||Results|
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