The top 9 stories to look out for (29 February to 4 March 2016)

  1. MON 29 FEB
    More cost-cutting at VW?
    Volkswagen shareholders have been driven to distraction this year after the emission scandal sent shares crashing 60%. Sales have dropped globally so more cost-cutting could be around the corner.
  2. TUE 1 MAR
    Another sell-off after China PMI data?
    Manufacturing contraction in China has been a major source of the decline in commodity demand that is worrying markets. The China manufacturing PMI has resulted in a major market sell-off on the past four occasions.
  3. TUE 1 MAR
    Restructuring at Barclays?
    CEO Anthony Jenkins’ departure has seen Barclays shareholders hit with 40% declines. New chief Jes Staley may look to stamp his authority with some significant restructuring at this week’s earnings report.
  4. TUE 1 MAR
    Will Greggs shares rise higher?
    Investors may have had their fill of Greggs. Shares weren’t looking so fresh when they tanked over 20% in the first two weeks of 2016 after a weak Christmas. Still, expansion into breakfast and coffee means sales are expected to continue rising.
  5. WED 2 MAR
    Can ITV land a knockout blow?
    ITV is upping its profile with talks of a blockbuster deal to buy boxing rights as well as popular programming like Downton Abbey and X Factor. A potential acquisition from its biggest shareholder Liberty Global has supported its share price recently.
  6. THU 3 MAR
    Good publicity for Adidas?
    Adidas is pulling its sponsorship of Athletics’ governing body the IAAF, while its CEO’s ‘duty to entertain’ comment annoyed Manchester United. Will the publicity be positive for its results?
  7. THU 3 MAR
    How will HP Enterprises’ first post-split update be received?​
    HP Enterprises issues Q1 earnings for the first time since splitting from Hewlett Packard. Cloud storage will drive growth, but slowing PC and printer sales are likely to weigh.
  8. FRI 4 MAR
    WPP to defy global growth fears?
    Advertising is normally one of the first things to be cut when a company’s growth slows, so it’s perhaps encouraging that WPP shares remain buoyant despite rampant fears of a global growth slowdown.
  9. FRI 4 MAR
    Will US non-farm payrolls signal a March rate rise?
    A surprise January jump in wage growth followed by a neutral testimony from Fed chair Janet Yellen has put a spanner in the works for US dollar bears. Continued wage growth in February will add credence to a March rate hike.


Key company earnings (w/c 29 February)

3D Systems (US) - Q4
Anacor Pharmaceuticals (US) - Q4
British Polythene Industries (UK) - full-year
Brixmor Property Group (US) - Q4
Bunzl (UK) - full-year
California Resources (US) - Q4
Colony Starwood Homes (US) - Q4
DX Group (UK) - half-year
Hertz Global (US) - Q4
Horizon Pharma (US) - Q4
Intrexon (US) - Q4
Johnson Service Group (UK) - full-year
Juno Therapeutics (US) - Q4
Jupiter Fund Management (UK) - full-year
Keller Group (UK) - full-year
Lumber Liquidators (US) - Q4
Nevro (US) - Q4
Novavax (US) - Q4
NRG Energy (US) - Q4
Orbital (US) - Q4
Senior (UK) - full-year
Trinity Mirror (UK) - full-year
Ultra Electronics (UK) - full-year
Workday (US) - Q4

Ashtead Group (UK) - Q3
AutoZone  (US) - Q2
Barclays (UK) - full-year
Direct Line Insurance Group (UK) - full-year
Elementis (UK) - full-year
Empiric Student Property (UK) - half-year
Greggs (UK) - full-year
Guidewire Software (US) - Q2
IP Group (UK) - full-year
Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group (UK) - full-year
Just-Eat Group (UK) - full-year
Kate Spade & Co (US) - Q4 Group (UK) - full-year
Rotork (UK) - full-year
Ross Stores (US) - Q4
Servelec Group (UK) - full-year
Taylor Wimpey (UK) - full-year
Tullett Prebon (UK) - full-year

Abercrombie & Fitch (US) - Q4
Clinigen Group (UK) - half-year
Costain Group (UK) - full-year
Costco Wholesale (US) - Q2
Dignity (UK) - full-year
Fisher James (UK) - full-year
Intertek Group (UK) - full-year
Joy Global (US) - Q1
ITV (UK) - full-year
Laird (UK) - full-year
Nichols (UK) - full-year
Novae Group (UK) - full-year
Supernus Pharmaceuticals (US) - Q4
Synthomer (UK) - full-year
Virgin Money Holdings (UK) - full-year

Admiral Group (UK) - full-year
Aggreko (UK) - full-year
Ambarella (US) - Q4
Arrow Global Group (UK) - full-year
BBA Aviation (UK) - full-year
Builders FirstSource (US) - Q4
Carillion (UK) - full-year
​Ciena (US) - Q1
Cobham (UK) - full-year
Genel Energy (UK) - full-year
Headlam Group (UK) - full-year
Hewlett Packard Enterprise  (US) - Q1 
H&T Group (UK) - full-year
Hunting (UK) - full-year
Kroger (US) - Q4
LSL Property Services (UK) - full-year
Melrose (UK) - full-year
RPS Group (UK) - full-year
Schroders  (UK) - full-year
Shawbrook Group (UK) - full-year
Spirax-Sarco Engineering (UK) - full-year
Stratasys (US) - Q4
Travis Perkins (UK) - full-year
Vesuvius (UK) - full-year

Capital & Regional (UK) - full-year
London Stock Exchange Group (UK) - full-year
Lookers (UK) - full-year
Staples (US) - Q4
WPP (UK) - full-year

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

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