View the top 7 stories to watch (9-13 May 2016) and our key company earnings schedule.

What's caused the split in global inflation?

Can the contrasting responses of central banks explain the diverging trends in inflation between the UK and US versus the EU and Japan?

6 other events to look out for this week

1.    TUE 17 MAY
Have Vodafone got it covered?
Vodafone’s earnings only cover half of what is one of the FTSE’s biggest dividend payouts. If its project to improve network coverage doesn’t help, the dividend could be cut.


2.    WED 18 MAY
Is there a split among Federal Reserve members?
The Fed unsurprisingly kept rates on hold in April, but the minutes may highlight how much of a consensus there was to its negative statement, after recent hawkish comments.


3.    WED 18 MAY
SAB Miller to reveal last standalone figures
This may be SAB Miller’s final update before its merger with AB InBev. Earnings from its premium beer brands will be scrutinised before being sold off to satisfy regulators.


4.    THU 19 MAY
Are Royal Mail set to post lower numbers?
Consensus projections for revenue and pre-tax profit are now substantially lower at £9.3bn and £400m, as Royal Mail’s parcels division comes under pressure from its peers.


5.    THU 19 MAY
How has Thomas Cook responded to terrorism?
The tour operator is expected to see flat holiday bookings in the face of heightened low-cost competition and the terrorist attacks in France and Belgium.


6.    THU 19 MAY
Is Walmart on the right track?
The world’s biggest retailer is fighting back against online competition from Amazon by closing stores and improving customer experience in those that remain open.


​Selected company earnings (16-20 May)

Monday 16 May Results
Agilent Technologies (US) Q2
British Land Co (UK) Full-year
e2v technologies (UK) Full-year 
Diploma (UK) Half-year
ICAP (UK) Full-year
Ithaca Energy (UK) Q1
Vermillion (US) Q1
Victrex (UK) Half-year
Tuesday 17 May  Results
Acxiom (US) Q4
blinkx (UK) Full-year
BTG (UK) Full-year
Enterprise Inns (UK) Half-year
First Derivatives (UK) Full-year
Home Depot (US) Q1
Land Securities Group (UK) Full-year
Premier Foods (UK) Full-year
Speedy Hire (UK) Full-year
TJX Cos (US) Q1
Vodafone Group (UK) Full-year
Wednesday 18 May Results
Analog Devices (US) Q2
Assura (UK) Full-year
Burberry Group (UK) Full-year
Cisco Systems (US) Q3
Eagle Materials (US) Q4
L Brands (US) Q1
Lowe's Cos (US) Q1
Marston's (UK) Half-year
Patisserie Holdings (UK) Half-year
salesforce.com (US) Q1
SABMiller (UK) Half-year
SSE (UK) Full-year
SSP Group (UK) Half-year
Synopsys (US) Q2
Thursday 19 May Results
3i Group (UK) Full-year
Applied Materials (US) Q2
Booker Group (UK) Full-year
Brewin Dolphin (UK) Half-year
Britvic (UK) Half-year
Dairy Crest Group (UK) Full-year
Electrocomponents (UK) Full-year
Euromoney Institutional Investor (UK) Half-year
Gap (US) Q1
Grainger (UK) Half-year
Mitchells & Butlers (UK) Half-year
Mothercare (UK) Full-year
National Grid (UK) Full-year
Perry Ellis International (US) Q1
Ross Stores (US) Q1
Royal Mail (UK) Full-year
Shanks Group (US) Full-year
Thomas Cook Group (UK) Half-year
Young & Co's Brewery (UK) Full-year
Wal-Mart Stores (US) Q1
Friday 20 May Results
Campbell Soup Co (US) Q3
Deere & Co (US) Q2
Foot Locker (US) Q1

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

 

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