View the top 8 stories to look out for this week (17-21 October) plus our key company earnings schedule.

Video: Will spending slip after stirling's slide?

The recent slide in sterling is likely to put upward pressure on inflation. This week we’ll see whether this is starting to affect consumer spending and the latest wages data.
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How will the remaining top US banks fare?
Monday-Wednesday: After soft results from Wells Fargo last week, earnings from Bank of America (Mon), Goldman Sachs (Tue) and Morgan Stanley (Wed) will be under the spotlight.

US tech giants boot up for earnings season
Monday-Thursday: Reports this week from Netflix (Mon), Intel (Tue), PayPal and Microsoft (Thu) will be the first taster of US tech sector earnings in the third quarter, and since Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn.

Will ASOS shares survive the Gulag?
Tuesday: The accusation of warehouse working conditions similar to Sports Direct's has hampered share price performance for ASOS, but the drop in the pound should boost international sales.

Could Q3 results cheer up Yahoo and Verizon?
Tuesday: The huge data breach at Yahoo (Tue) has thrown Verizon’s (Thu) acquisition into the air. Quarterly results from both firms this week could add to the uncertainty.
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Will China data balance out a faltering yuan?
Wednesday: China's latest Q3 GDP release, October industrial production and retail sales numbers are due. Is the Chinese economy rebalancing, or will GDP show an economy struggling to gain traction?

Can eBay fend off Facebook’s Marketplace?
Wednesday: Facebook’s newly-released Marketplace threatens to undermine eBay’s Q2 results, as the auction site could soon lose market share to its new fee-free rival.

ECB rate meeting
Thursday: The euro is at levels last seen in 2011, which is bad news in the EU’s battle against deflation. Will Mario Draghi express concern about deflationary pressure or indicate further loosening of policy?

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Selected company earnings (17-21 October)

Monday 17 October Results
Bank of America (US) Q3
Charles Schwab (US) Q3
Hasbro (US) Q3
International Business Machines (US) Q3
Netflix (US) Q3
United Continental Holdings (US) Q3
Tuesday 18 October Results
ASOS (UK) Full-year
Bellway (UK) Full-year
BlackRock (US) Q3
Connect Group (UK) Full-year
Domino's Pizza (US) Q3
Goldman Sachs Group (US) Full-year
Harley-Davidson (US) Q3
Intel Corp (US) Q3
Johnson & Johnson (US) Q3
Philip Morris International (US) Q3
UnitedHealth Group (US) Q3
Utilitywise (UK) Q3
WW Grainger(US) Q3
Yahoo (US) Q3 
Wednesday 19 October Results
American Express (US) Q3
BB&T Corp (US) Q3
eBay (US) Q3
Halliburton (US) Q3
HNI Corp (US) Q3
Mattel (US) Q3
Morgan Stanley (US) Q3
Rio Tinto (UK) Q3 sales
Softcat (UK) Full-year
Steel Dynamics (US) Q3
US Bancorp (US) Q3
Thursday 20 October Results
Advanced Micro Devices (US) Q3 
Alliance Data Systems (US) Q3 
American Airlines Group (US) Q3 
Bank of New York Mellon (US) Q3 
Boston Beer Co (US) Q3 
Dunkin' Brands Group (US) Q3 
Fifth Third Bancorp (US) Q3 
Microsoft (US) Q1
PayPal (US) Q3 
Southwestern Energy (US) Q3 
Union Pacific (US) Q3 
Verizon Communications (US) Q3 
Walgreens Boots Alliance (US) Q4 
Friday 21 October Results
Acacia Mining (UK) Q3
General Electric (US) Q3 
Honeywell International (US) Q3 
McDonald's (US) Q3 
Moody's Corp (US) Q3 
SunTrust Banks (US) Q3 

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

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