View our top seven events to look out for this week (6-10 March), plus our key company earnings schedule.
Will the chancellor spring any surprises in this Budget?
Chief Market Analyst Michael Hewson looks at chancellor Philip Hammond's first Budget and the first since the Brexit Referendum.
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Will Just Eat deliver bigger profits?
Tuesday: Just Eat has cemented its position in the online takeaway market with the acquisition of competitor Hungry House for £200m, but investors will be looking to its full-year results for progress as CEO David Buttress steps down at the end of this month.
China releases February trade data
Wednesday: Surging exports boosted China's trade surplus to a one- year high in January – the first time in 10 months that exports have registered a positive number. Can this trend continue now that Chinese New Year has passed?
Mid-air wifi may give Inmarsat a much-needed lift
Wednesday: Concerns about Inmarsat's maritime business has caused the satellite communications group's shares to fall 30% since the start of 2016. But ahead of annual results, its aviation business could boost the firm as it gears up to launch a new satellite to supply mid-air wifi to major airlines.
No surprises expected in ECB rate announcement
Thursday: Even though this week's decision is unlikely to surprise, rising inflation may prompt ECB president Mario Draghi to raise the prospect of some form of taper before the year is over, as pressure mounts from Northern European countries.
Can Aviva insure a bright future?
Thursday: Aviva shares took a hit after last week's changes to personal injury claims, which are expected to cost the company around £385m. While the management has assured these changes won't affect its operating profit guidance as it gears up to announce annual numbers, its Solvency II capital ratio could be impacted.
Strong non-farm payrolls could prompt US rate rise
Friday: Recent chatter from the Federal Reserve has raised the prospect of an interest rate hike in next week's announcement, and a decent number for February payrolls and wages could shift the dial further on this.
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Index dividend schedule
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Selected UK & US company earnings schedule
|Monday 6 March||Results|
|No major companies scheduled to report|
|Tuesday 7 March||Results|
|Just Eat (UK)||Full year|
|Worldpay Group (UK)||Full-year|
|Wednesday 8 March||Results|
|Thursday 9 March||Results|
|Finisar Corp (US)||Q3|
|Fortress Investment Group (US)||Q4|
|Signet Jewelers (US)||Q4|
|Friday 10 March||Results|
|Hibbett Sports (US)||Q4|
|Vail Resorts (US)||Q2|
Company announcements are subject to change. All the events listed above were correct at the time of writing.
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