View our top six events to look out for this week (17-21 July), plus our key company earnings schedule.

UK economy and central banks' policy in focus 

Our UK Chief Market Analyst, Michael Hewson, looks ahead to the latest UK inflation and retail sales data, as well as the European Central Bank and Bank of Japan rate decisions, and the prospect of tighter central bank policy.

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Netflix under the spotlight as it unveils Q2 results
Monday: Netflix's share price has slipped back in recent weeks, on concerns about an over-valuation in technology stocks. This is despite optimism that subscriber growth will continue in Q2. The company reported a decent profit in Q1, but there is speculation that subscriber and revenue growth could start to slow. If this is confirmed, shares could have further to fall.

Goldman Sachs and Bank of America roll out Q2 figures
Tuesday: The recent flattening of the US yield curve could see US banks under-deliver for this quarter, following a good performance in Q1. Optimism about a reflation trade has diminished since the end of the first quarter as yields have dropped back. This week's updates from Goldman Sachs and Bank of America could reflect that.

ECB meets amid mounting pressure 
Thursday: Euro traders will be watching this week's interest-rate meeting closely after recent unexpectedly hawkish comments from President Mario Draghi about a well-performing European economy. The comments raised expectations that ECB policymakers will come under pressure to outline some form of exit procedure from the current stimulus path which, given current economic conditions, is considered too loose.

Bank of Japan to announce interest-rate decision
Thursday: Despite the recent hawkishness from central bank officials globally, the Bank of Japan has given no indication that it will be joining the recent change in tone. Japan’s inflation remains below target, and though the economy is growing, policymakers will want to ensure that the yen remains weak.

Can Unilever keep Heinz at bay?
Thursday: The recent failed bid by Heinz for the Anglo-Dutch giant appears to have shifted focus on to senior management, after recent measures to improve margins helped Unilever boost dividend profit at the end of last year. With speculation that Heinz could return with a hostile bid gathering momentum, Unilever's Q2 update needs to deliver to keep shareholders on side.

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Index dividend schedule

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Selected UK & US company earnings schedule

Monday 17 JulyResults
BlackRock (US)Q2
Brown & Brown (US)Q2
Conviviality (UK)Full-year
Equity LifeStyle Properties (US)Q2 
First Defiance Financial (US)Q2
JB Hunt Transport Services (US)Q2
Netflix (US)Q2
Select Comfort (US)Q2
ServisFirst Bancshares (US)Q2 
Tuesday 18 JulyResults
AngioDynamics (US)Q4 
Bank of America (US)Q2 
Charles Schwab (US)Q2
Comerica (US)Q2
Exponent (US)Q2
Goldman Sachs (US)Q2
Hancock Holding (US)Q2 
Hanmi Financial (US)Q2
Harley-Davidson (US)Q2
IG Group Holdings (UK)Full-year
International Business Machines (US)Q2 
Interactive Brokers (US)Q2
Johnson & Johnson (US)Q2 
Lockheed Martin (US)Q2 
LegacyTexas Financial (US)Q2
Medidata Solutions (US)Q2
Mercantile Bank (US)Q2
MGIC Investment (US)Q2
NCC Group (UK)Full-year
Navient (US)Q2
Neogen  (US)Q4
Preferred Bank/Los Angeles CA (US)Q2
Prologis (US)Q2
Progressive (US)Q2
Renasant (US)Q2
Synovus Financial (US)Q2
TD Ameritrade (US)Q3
UnitedHealth (US)Q2
Universal Forest Products (US)Q2
United Financial Bancorp (US)Q2
United Continental (US)Q2
United Community Financial/OH (US)Q2
Wintrust Financial (US)Q2
Wednesday 19 JulyResults
Alcoa (US)Q2
American Express (US)Q2
BancorpSouth (US)Q2
Blackhawk Network (US)Q2
Black Knight Financial Services (US)Q2
Berkshire Hills Bancorp (US)Q2
Brookline Bancorp (US)Q2
CH Robinson Worldwide (US)Q2
Crown (US)Q2
Crown Castle International (US)Q2
CVB Financial (US)Q2
Diebold Nixdorf (US)Q2
Drax Group (UK)Half-year
Eagle Bancorp (US)Q2
First Connecticut Bancorp/Farmington CT (US)Q2
Great Southern Bancorp (US)Q2
Kaiser Aluminum (US)Q2
LaSalle Hotel Properties (US)Q2
Morgan Stanley (US)Q2
M&T Bank (US)Q2
Northern Trust (US)Q2
Plexus (US)Q3
Sarepta Therapeutics (US)Q2
Simmons First National (US)Q2
SL Green Realty (US)Q2
Steel Dynamics (US)Q2
Texas Capital Bancshares (US)Q2
Textron (US)Q2
TriState Capital (US)Q2
Umpqua (US)Q2
Union Bankshares (US)Q2
United Rentals (US)Q2
US Bancorp (US)Q2
Valmont Industries (US)Q2
WW Grainger (US)Q2
WesBanco (US)Q2
Thursday 20 JulyResults
Abbott Laboratories (US)Q2
Alliance Data Systems (US)Q2
Associated Banc-Corp (US)Q2
Athenahealth (US)Q2
Badger Meter (US)Q2
Bank of New York Mellon (US)Q2
Blackstone Group LP (US)Q2
Brandywine Realty Trust (US)Q2
Capital One Financial (US)Q2
CoBiz Financial (US)Q2
Danaher (US)Q2
Dover (US)Q2
East West Bancorp (US)Q2
eBay (US)Q2
E*TRADE Financial (US)Q2
Genuine Parts (US)Q2
Home BancShares (US)Q2
Howden Joinery Group (UK)Half-year
Insteel Industries (US)Q3
Intuitive Surgical (US)Q2
KeyCorp (US)Q2
Manhattan Associates (US)Q2
Maxim Integrated Products (US)Q4
Microsoft (US)Q4 Group (UK)Half-year
Monro Muffler Brake (US)Q1
National Bank (US)Q2
Nichols (UK)Half-year
Nucor (US)Q2
People's United Financial (US)Q2
Philip Morris International (US)Q2
Polaris Industries (US)Q2
PPG Industries (US)Q2
Resources Connection (US)Q4
Ruby Tuesday (US)Q4
Sandy Spring Bancorp (US)Q2
Sherwin-Williams (US)Q2
Skyworks Solutions (US)Q3
Snap-on (US)Q2
Sonoco Products (US)Q2
Sports Direct International (UK)Full-year
S&T Bancorp (US)Q2
Travelers Cos (US)Q2
Unilever (UK)Half-year
Unilever NV (UK)Half-year
Union Pacific (US)Q2
Visa (US)Q3
Western Alliance Bancorp (US)Q2
Friday 21 JulyResults
Acacia Mining (UK)Half-year
Ameris Bancorp (US)Q2
Beazley (UK)Half-year
Capital & Counties Properties (UK)Half-year
Citizens Financial (US)Q2
Colgate-Palmolive (US)Q2
Concentric AB (UK)Q2
Del Frisco's Restaurant (US)Q2
Fifth Third Bancorp (US)Q2
General Electric (US)Q2
Gentex (US)Q2
Honeywell International (US)Q2
Huntington Bancshares (US)Q2
Mobile Mini (US)Q2
Moody's (US)Q2
Regions Financial (US)Q2
Schlumberger (US)Q2
South State (US)Q2
SunTrust Banks (US)Q2
Synchrony Financial (US)Q2
TrustCo Bank Corp NY (US)Q2
Webster Financial (US)Q2

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

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