View our top seven events to look out for this week (27 February-3 March), plus our key company earnings schedule.

Will rising US inflation hint at tough times ahead?

Chief Market Analyst Michael Hewson looks at the key events for the week ahead, including US and EU inflation and US president Donald Trump's scheduled speech to US Congress.

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US economic growth expected to slow slightly
Tuesday: The second iteration of US Q4 GDP is likely to show that the US economy slowed at the end of 2016, but still remains in fairly good shape with annualised numbers of 1.9% expected.

Will Autozone’s figures get a jump start? 
Tuesday: Autozone, the US’s answer to Halfords, reports Q2 numbers at a time when the US economy is showing some resilience. Its performance has been disappointing this year though, possibly because milder winters mean less demand for batteries, starters and alternators.

Are US retailers responding to the digital age? 
Tuesday-Thursday: Recent data from the US retail sector has shown that consumer demand is picking up, and the big retail stores are adapting their offering to the digital customer. Will Target (Tue), Best Buy (Wed) and Sears (Thu) continue this theme, or do they need to make more progress on overcapacity?

ITV’s full-year results will be closely watched
Wednesday: ITV has been at the forefront of takeover speculation during the last year, with Liberty Global consistently linked. ITV’s successful production arm is a widely-prized asset, but the broadcaster has struggled in terms of advertising revenue in recent years, placing greater scrutiny on its output and longer-term direction.

How is the UK economy faring in 2017? 
Wednesday-Friday: The UK economy has had a fairly resilient start to 2017, but will the latest manufacturing (Wed), construction (Thu) and services (Fri) PMI data for February reinforce this early optimism, or could rising inflationary pressure start to act as a brake on economic activity?

Will Cobham’s full-year figures offer respite?
Thursday: Five profit warnings in 15 months have knocked the stuffing out of Cobham’s share price. And with an admission that 2017 may not be much better, another downgrade could see further share price declines. Has the beleaguered defence manufacturer found some answers ahead of its annual results?

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Selected UK & US company earnings schedule

Monday 27 February Results
Albermarle (US) Q4
American Tower (US) Q4
EOR Resources (US) Q4
Exelixis (US) Q4
Frontier Communications (US) Q4
Hertz Global (US) Q4
ONEOK (US) Q4
ONEOK Partners (US) Q4
SBA Communications (US) Q4
Workday (US) Q4
Tuesday 28 February Results
Advisory Board (US) Q4
AMC Entertainment (US) Q4
Autozone (US) Q2
Cheniere Energy (US) Q4
Colony NorthStar (US) Q4
Domino's Pizza (US) Q4
Ensco (US) Q4
Envision Healthcare (US) Q4
LogMeln (US) Q4
Medicines (US) Q4
NRG Energy (US) Q4
Palo Alto Networks (US) Q2
Salesforce.com (US) Q4
Sarepta Therapeutics (US) Q4
Target (US) Q4
TESARO (US) Q4
Valeant Pharmaceuticals (US) Q4
Wednesday 1 March Results
Akorn (US) Q4
Best Buy (US) Q4
ITV (UK) Full-year
Lowe's (US) Q4
Mylan (US) Q4
Thursday 2 March Results
Abercrombie & Fitch (US) Q4
American Outdoor Brands (US) Q3
Autodesk (US) Q4
Cobham (US) Full-year
Costco (US) Q2
Kroger (US) Q4
Scientific Games (US) Q4
Sears (US) Q4
Friday 3 March  Results
WPP (UK) Full-year

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

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