View our top six events to look out for this week (29 May-2 June), plus our key company earnings schedule.

US employment reports and inflation preview

UK Chief Market Analyst Michael  Hewson looks ahead to the latest US employment reports, namely ADP and non-farm payrolls, as well as inflation prospects in the US and EU.

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Palo Alto Networks set to benefit from cyber-attack
Wednesday: The recent WannaCry cyber-attack has boosted antivirus and security stocks in the last few weeks, on expectations that firms specialising in this area will benefit as companies beef up cybersecurity measures. This week’s Q3 update from Palo Alto Networks may provide early indications of the potential returns ahead.

Chinese economy to receive latest health check
Wednesday & Thursday: In the past couple of months economic activity in China has showed signs of softening; a worrying development after the strong end to 2016. Could a slowdown in the Far East ripple out globally? This week's manufacturing and services PMIs for May should tell us whether it’s a post-Chinese New Year lull or indicative of broader economic weakness.

Will eurozone data put the ECB under pressure?
Wednesday & Thursday: Last week’s flash PMI data offered further evidence that the French and German economies are running hot. With prices also at multi-year highs, the ECB may face added pressure if this week’s manufacturing and inflation numbers confirm these trends. Ultimately, the ECB’s continued assertion that economic risks are tilted to the downside is becoming less credible.

Can the UK economy prolong its recent upturn?
Thursday & Friday: Recent UK manufacturing and construction data have both shown consistent signs of picking up in the last few months. This week’s numbers for May are expected to continue that trend, particularly since inflation pressures appear to be showing signs of subsiding.

Will the US economy rebound from a poor first quarter?
Thursday & Friday: Recent data from the US has showed signs of weakness in recent months, and therefore cast doubt on whether the US economy can bounce back strongly after an unexpectedly weak Q1. This week’s ISM, ADP and PMI data will help to clarify the picture.

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Index dividend schedule

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Selected UK & US company earnings schedule

Monday 29 May Results
No results scheduled -
Tuesday 30 May Results
No results scheduled -
Wednesday 31 May Results
Analog Devices (US) Q2
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (US) Q2
Michael Kors (US) Q4
Palo Alto Networks (US) Q2
Thursday 1 June Results
Costco Wholesale (US) May sales
Dollar General (US) Q1
L Brands (US) May sales
Workday (US) Q1
Friday 2 June  Results
No results scheduled  -

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

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