View the top 7 stories to look out for this week (31 October  4 November) plus our key company earnings schedule.

Which way will this week's 4 big rate decisions go?

It’s going to be a big week for central banks with the Bank of England, US Federal Reserve, Bank of Japan and Reserve Bank of Australia all making decisions on monetary policy. With US non-farm payrolls also due, along with a whole host of other economic data, it promises to be an interesting week as central bankers look to support economic activity into year-end.

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Will Shell & BP join the oil stock slide?
Tuesday: Following more huge slides in Q3 profits at Exxon and Chevron last week, will we see similar results for UK-listed oil majors Royal Dutch Shell and BP?

How will biotech companies react to a Clinton injection?
Tuesday: US biotech companies such as Gilead Sciences have so far remained immune to US election uncertainty. Should Hillary Clinton get in, a big crackdown on high drug prices could severely impair the industry’s profits.

Will traders like Facebook's Q3 results?
Wednesday: Facebook shares are near record highs ahead of its Q3 earnings report. There will be a keen eye on video advertising after it was revealed Facebook had been massaging its viewing statistics.

Are the 'hipster tech shares' as cool as they think they are?
Tuesday & Thursday: A number of the large second-tier US tech firms are reporting this week including Square and Etsy (Tue), plus GoPro and Twilio (Thu). Jasper Lawler analyses the outlook for each business.

Buckle up for European airline results  
Wednesday & Thursday: The drop in the pound appears to have drawn a ‘Brexit divide’ between UK and European carriers, with similar profit warnings to those issued from easyJet and Ryanair not expected this week from Lufthansa (Wed) and Air France (Thu).

Can European banks reassure investors?
Thursday & Friday: Non-performing loans plague the balance sheets of European banks and low interest rates are hitting profits. Investors will be looking for the banks’ plans for future restructuring. Credit Suisse, Société Générale (Thu) and Commerzbank (Fri) report.

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Monday 31 OctoberResults
Banco Comercial Portugues (Portugal)Q3
Centamin (UK)Q3
Diamond Offshore Drilling (US)Q3
Macquarie Infrastructure (US)Q3
Tuesday 1 NovemberResults
Acadia Healthcare (US)Q3 
Coach (US)Q1 
Devon Energy (US)Q3 
Discovery Communications (US)Q3 
Etsy (US)Q3 
Gilead Sciences (US)Q3
Intercontinental Exchange (US)Q3 
Kellogg (US)Q3 
Match Group (US)Q3 
Molson Coors (US)Q3 (UK)Q3
Pfizer (US)Q3 
Pioneer Natural Resources (US)Q3 
Royal Dutch Shell (UK)Q3
Square (US)Q3
Standard Chartered (UK)Q3
Tableau Software (US)Q3 
Western Union (US)Q3 
Zendesk (US)Q3 
Wednesday 2 NovemberResults
Allergan (US)Q3 
American International Group (US)Q3 
Avis Budget (US)Q3 
CenturyLink (US)Q3 
Lufthansa (Germany)Q3
Estee Lauder (US)Q1 
Facebook (US)Q3 
Fitbit (US)Q3 
GoDaddy (US)Q3 
Gulfport Energy (US)Q3 
Host Hotels & Resorts (US)Q3 
HUGO BOSS (Germany)Q3
Indivior (UK)Q3
Marathon Oil (US)Q3 
MetLife (US)Q3 
Office Depot (US)Q3 
Prudential Financial (US)Q3 
Sempra Energy (US)Q3 
Smurfit Kappa Group (UK)Q3
Spectra Energy (US)Q3 
Time Warner (US)Q3 
Twenty-First Century Fox (US)Q1 
Vulcan Materials (US)Q3 
Whole Foods Market (US)Q4 
Yelp (US)Q3 
Zynga (US)Q3 
Thursday 3 NovemberResults
3D Systems (US)Q3
adidas (Germany)Q3 
Air France-KLM (France)Q3 
Avon Products (US)Q3
Becton Dickinson (US)Q4
Chesapeake Energy (US)Q3
Cigna Corp (US)Q3
Computer Sciences (US)Q2
Credit Suisse (Switzerland)Q3
Dialog Semiconductor (Germany)Q3 
GoPro (US)Q3
Inmarsat (UK)Q3 
Kraft Heinz (US)Q3
Lions Gate Entertainment (US)Q2
Mohawk Industries (US)Q3
Motorola Solutions (US)Q3
Randgold Resources (UK)Q3 
S&P Global (US)Q3
Schroders (UK)Q3 
Société Générale (France)Q3
Sopra Steria Group (France)Q3 
Starbucks (US)Q4
Symantec (US)Q2
Tate & Lyle (UK)Half-year
Triumph Group (US)Q2
Twilio (US)Q3
Friday 4 NovemberResults
Commerzbank (Germany)Q3
Duke Energy (US)Q3

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