View our top six market events to look out for this week (1-5 May), plus our key company earnings schedule.

US non-farm payrolls & UK PMI take centre stage

Michael looks ahead to this week’s key events, including US payrolls, the latest Fed meeting and the important PMI and ISM numbers for services and manufacturing.

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Will Apple’s Q2 results give investors the pip?
Tuesday: With the launch of the new Galaxy 8 and no new products scheduled until the end of the year, Apple is playing second fiddle to Samsung this month. Q2 numbers in the region of 51m iPhones sold and $33bn in revenue are needed for Apple to beat expectations.  

Will oil play ball as BP announces Q1 results? 
Tuesday: Although resilience in oil prices helped BP improve profits in the last quarter, they still fell short of expectations. The company set its breakeven point at $60 in its last trading update, a level still some way off for oil prices. Concerns remain around the size of dividends and oil prices.

No surprises expected from Fed rate meeting 
Wednesday: A surprise is unlikely following two rate rises in three months. There’s also been a lack of signalling from Fed officials, with no press conference scheduled after this week’s meeting. Any dovishness could push back expectations of a June move.

Has Sainsburys’ acquisition of Argos paid off? 
Wednesday: Analysts have questioned the wisdom of Sainsburys’ acquisition of Argos, but at a time of shrinking margins in the food sector, it sometimes pays to take the long view. This week’s full-year results should give an early indication of how the integration is going.

HSBC investors hoping for good news
Thursday: Earlier this year HSBC reported a surprising fall in profits of 62% on the back of significant writedowns. While investment banking revenue this quarter has improved, HSBC still remains exposed to emerging markets. Given the recent drop in share price, any good news from this week’s Q1 results could cause a rebound.

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Index dividend schedule

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Selected UK & US company earnings schedule

Monday 1 MayResults
Advanced Micro Devices (US)Q1
Cardinal Health (US)Q3
Chemours (US)Q1
Community Health Systems (US)Q1
Hi-Crush Partners LP (US)Q1
Murphy USA (US)Q1
Rent-A-Center (US)Q1
SBA Communications (US)Q1
Tenet Healthcare (US)Q1
Tuesday 2 MayResults
Aetna (US)Q1
Akamai Technologies (US)Q1
Altria Group (US)Q1
Anadarko Petroleum (US)Q1
Apple (US)Q2
Charter Communications (US)Q1
Coach (US)Q3
ConocoPhillips (US)Q1
Cummins (US)Q1
CVS Health (US)Q1
Devon Energy (US)Q1
Eaton (US)Q1
Enterprise Products Partners LP (US)Q1
FireEye (US)Q1
Frontier Communications (US)Q1
Gilead Sciences (US)Q1
Hanesbrands (US)Q1
HCA Holdings (US)Q1
Hilton Worldwide Holdings (US)Q1
Lumber Liquidators (US)Q1
Mastercard (US)Q1
Merck & Co (US)Q1
Mondelez International (US)Q1
Mosaic (US)Q1
NRG Energy (US)Q1
Oclaro (US)Q3
Och-Ziff Capital Management Group LLC (US)Q1
Pfizer (US)Q1
PNM Resources (US)Q1
Sabre (US)Q1
Twilio (US)Q1
Western Union (US)Q1
Wednesday 3 MayResults
Albemarle (US)Q1
American International (US)Q1
Annaly Capital Management (US)Q1
Avis Budget (US)Q1
Berry Global (US)Q2
Bioverativ (US)Q1
CBL & Associates Properties (US)Q1
CenturyLink (US)Q1
Cirrus Logic (US)Q4
Clovis Oncology (US)Q1
Delphi Automotive (UK)Q1
Estee Lauder (US)Q3
Facebook (US)Q1
Fidelity & Guaranty Life (US)Q2
FitBit (US)Q1
FleetCor Technologies (US)Q1
General Communication (US)Q1
Imperial Brands (UK)Half-year
J Sainsbury (UK)Full-year
Kraft Heinz (US)Q1
MetLife (US)Q1
Molson Coors Brewing (US)Q1
Ocwen Financial (US)Q1
Pioneer Natural Resources (US)Q1
Quintiles IMS (US)Q1
Sinclair Broadcast (US)Q1
Square (US)Q1
Southern Co (US) Q1
Tableau Software (US)Q1
Tesla (US)Q1
Time Warner (US)Q1
Williams (US)Q1
WPX Energy (US)Q1
XPO Logistics (US)Q1
Yum! Brands (US)Q1
Thursday 4 MayResults
Activision Blizzard (US)Q1
AmerisourceBergen (US)Q2
Apache (US)Q1
Applied Optoelectronics (US)Q1
Arista Networks (US)Q1
BioMarin Pharmaceutical (US)Q1
Cabela's (US)Q1
CBS Corp (US)Q1
Chesapeake Energy (US)Q1
Colfax (US)Q1
Dynegy (US)Q1
Dunkin' Brands (US)Q1
Ennis (US)Q1
Gartner (US)Q1
Great Plains Energy (US)Q1
Herbalife (US)Q1
HSBC Holdings (UK)Q1
Incyte (US)Q1
Kellogg (US)Q1
Lumentum Holdings (US)Q3
Marathon Oil (US)Q1
NewLink Genetics (US)Q1
Occidental Petroleum (US)Q1
Parsley Energy (US)Q1
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (US)Q1
Sprouts Farmers Market (US)Q1
Stericycle (US)Q1
Viacom (US)Q2
Virtu Financial (US)Q1
World Wrestling Entertainment (US)Q1
Zoetis (US)Q1
Friday 5 MayResults
Cigna (US)US
Cognizant Technology Solutions (US)US
International Consolidated Airlines Group SA (UK)UK

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

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