View our top six events to look out for this week (24-28 July), plus our key company earnings schedule.

Fed meeting, GDP and earnings week ahead preview

UK Chief Market Analyst Michael Hewson looks at the sharp rise in the euro, and whether the upcoming US Federal Reserve meeting will stem the decline in the US dollar. He also discusses UK and US Q2 GDP, UK banks and upcoming US tech earnings.

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Strong French & German data may pile pressure on ECB to cut stimulus
Monday: The euro has been one of the best performing currencies so far this year, largely due to significant economic improvements across the board. Pressure is already increasing on the European Central Bank to ease back on its stimulus programme, and further positive data in the form of flash manufacturing and services PMI numbers could add to this pressure.

Are technology stocks driving a US equity bubble?
Monday-Wednesday-Thursday: With Alphabet and Amazon briefly pushing above $1,000 a share in the last quarter, concern has been growing that technology stocks may be responsible for an equity bubble. Will Q2 trading updates from Alphabet (Mon), Facebook (Wed) and Amazon (Thu) reinforce those concerns, or fuel the recent rally as technology stocks hollow out the US retail sector with their online presence?

Will preliminary Q2 GDP data show a strengthening UK economy?
Wednesday: Recent economic data has indicated a moderate pickup in the UK economy in the second quarter, and the first GDP reading for Q2 will show how far this is true. So far, construction and manufacturing PMIs have been positive for April and May, suggesting a possible improvement.

Weak Q2 GDP data could further weigh on the US dollar
Friday: After three rate rises in six months, the US economy appears to be struggling to improve following a disappointing Q1. In contrast to the economy, the US consumer had a decent first quarter. However, data has shown signs that consumers are cutting back in Q2, while a lack of inflation suggests a deficit in demand. A weak GDP number could undermine the US dollar further, which is almost down 10% year to date.

UK banking giants report half-year results
Thursday-Friday: Recent updates from US banks have been a mixed bag so far, with low market volatility causing a slowdown in fixed income. While this isn’t as much of a problem for Lloyds Banking Group (Thu) as it may potentially be for Barclays (Fri), the performance of the UK economy and rise in consumer debt could cause concern if high inflation continues to squeeze wages.

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Selected UK & US company earnings schedule

Monday 24 JulyResults
Alphabet (US)Q2
Bank of Hawaii (US)Q2
Bank of Marin Bancorp (US)Q2
Cadence Design Systems (US)Q2
Cal-Maine Foods (US)Q2
Crane (US)Q2
CryoLife (US)Q2
Dialight (UK)Half-year
Enterprise Financial Services (US)Q2
Halliburton (US)Q2
Hasbro (US)Q2
Helix Energy Solutions (US)Q2
Illinois Tool Works (US)Q2
Lennox International (US)Q2
ManpowerGroup (US)Q2
Opus Bank (US)Q2
Reckitt Benckiser (UK)Half-year
Stanley Black & Decker (US)Q2
SThree (UK)Half-year
Swift Transportation (US)Q2
TCF Financial (US)Q2
Temple Bar Investment Trust (UK)Half-year
Tungsten (UK)Full-year
VF Corp (US)Q2
Washington Trust Bancorp (US)Q2 
Werner Enterprises (US)Q2 
Tuesday 25 JulyResults
3M Co (US)Q2
Acadia Realty Trust (US)Q2
Advanced Micro Devices (US)Q2
Akamai Technologies (US)Q2
AK Steel (US)Q2
Allegheny Technologies (US)Q4
Amgen (US)Q2
Ameriprise Financial (US)Q2
Anadarko Petroleum (US)Q2
Biogen (US)Q2
Blackstone Mortgage Trust (US)Q2
Carlisle (US)Q2
Caterpillar (US)Q2
Centene (US)Q2
CenterState Banks (US)Q2
Chemical Financial Corp (US)Q2
Chipotle Mexican Grill (US)Q2
Croda International (UK)Half-year
Domino's Pizza (US)Q2
Eli Lilly (US)Q2
EI du Pont de Nemours (US)Q2
Exact Sciences (US)Q2
Fevertree Drinks (UK)Half-year
Financial Institutions (US)Q2
First Financial Bancorp (US)Q2
First Midwest Bancorp (US)Q2
Franklin Electric (US)Q2
Games Workshop (UK)Full-year
Gem Diamonds (UK)Half-year
General Motors Co (US)Q2
Hawaiian Holdings (US)Q2
Informa (UK)Half-year
iRobot (US)Q2
JetBlue Airways (US)Q2
Juniper Networks (US)Q2
Landec (US)Q4
Liberty Property Trust (US)Q2
Lincoln Electric (US)Q2
McColl's Retail (UK)Half-year
McDermott International (US)Q2
McDonald's (US)Q2
Morningstar (US)Q2
Newmont Mining (US)Q2
NorthWestern (US)Q2
Pacific Premier Bancorp (US)Q2
Peoples Bancorp (US)Q2
Pentair (UK)Q2
 Provident Financial (UK)Half-year
 PulteGroup (US)Q2
 PZ Cussons (UK)Full-year
 Quest Diagnostics (US)Q2
 Rathbone Brothers (UK)Half-year
 Segro (UK)Half-year
 Select Income REIT (US)Q2
 Shutterfly (US)Q2
 Southwest Bancorp (US)Q2
 Sterling Bancorp (US)Q2
 Texas Instruments (US)Q2
 Trinity Industries (US)Q2
 Tyman (UK)Half-year
 United Technologies (US)Q2
 Universal Health Services (US)Q2
 Virgin Money (UK)Half-year
 Watsco (US)Q2
 WR Berkley (US)Q2
 Zions Bancorporation (US)Q2
Wednesday 26 JulyResults
 Allegiant Travel (US)Q2
 Astoria Financial (US)Q2
 BankUnited (US)Q2
 Baxter International (US)Q2
 Boeing Co (US)Q2
 Boston Private Financial Holdings (US)Q2
 Cadence BanCorp (US)Q2
 Churchill Downs (US)Q2
 Churchill Downs (US)Q2
 CNO Financial (US)Q2
 Coca-Cola Co (US)Q2
 Conmed (US)Q2
 Corning (US)Q2
 Domino's Pizza (UK)Half-year
 DR Horton (US)Q3
 DTE Energy (US)Q2
 F5 Networks (US)Q3
 Facebook (US)Q2
 FDM (UK)Half-year
 First Commonwealth Financial (US)Q2
 First Industrial Realty Trust (US)Q2
 First Interstate BancSystem (US)Q2
  Ford Motor (US)Q2
 General Dynamics (US)Q2
 Getty Realty (US)Q2
 Gilead Sciences (US)Q2
 GKN (UK)Half-year
 GlaxoSmithKline (UK)Half-year
 Hammerson (UK)Half-year
 Hershey Co (US)Q2
 Heritage Financial Corp (US)Q2
 Hilton Worldwide (US)Q2
 International Personal Finance (UK)Half-year
 ITV (UK)Half-year
 Ingersoll-Rand (US)Q2
 Integra LifeSciences (US)Q2
 Interface (US)Q2
 Jardine Lloyd Thompson (UK)Half-year
 Jupiter Fund Management (UK)Half-year
 Knowles (US)Half-year
 Laboratory Corp of America (US)Q2
 Lear (US)Q2
 Legg Mason (US)Q2
Metro Bank (UK)Half-year
Mindbody (US)Q2
Netgear (US)Q2
Nasdaq (US)Q2
New York Community Bancorp (US)Q2
Norfolk Southern (US)Q2
Nutrisystem (US)Q2
Omega Healthcare Investors (US)Q2
O'Reilly Automotive (US)Q2
Owens Corning (US)Q2
PayPal (US)Q2
Prosperity Bancshares (US)Q2
Public Storage (US)Q2
Retail Opportunity Investments (US)Q2
Rockwell Automation (US)Q3
Robert Walters (UK)Half-year
Rush Enterprises (US)Q2
Ryder System (US)Q2
Silicon Laboratories (US)Q2
State Street (US)Q2
Sun Bancorp (US)Q2
Teradyne (US)Q2
Triumph (US)Q2
Tullow Oil (UK)Half-year
UNITE (UK)Half-year
United Community Banks (US)Q2
Vertex Pharmaceuticals (US)Q2
Waste Management (US)Q2
WEC Energy (US)Q2
Westwood (US)Q2
Whole Foods Market (US)Q3
Xilinx (US)Q1
Thursday 27 JulyResults
Amazon (US)Q2
Acadia Healthcare (US)Q2
Alliance Trust (UK)Half-year
American Tower (US)Q2
Anglo American (UK)Half-year
Arthur J Gallagher (US)Q2
AstraZeneca (UK)Half-year
Automatic Data Processing (US)Q4
AV Homes (US)Q2
Bancorp (US)Q2
Boston Beer (US)Q2
Boston Scientific (US)Q2
Bristol-Myers Squibb (US)Q2
British American Tobacco (UK)Half-year
Cabot Microelectronics (US)Q3
CalAtlantic (US)Q2
Camden Property Trust (US)Q2
Celgene (US)Q2
Columbia Property Trust (US)Q2
Columbia Banking System (US)Q2
Comcast (US)Q2
ConocoPhillips (US)Q2
Diageo (UK)Full-year
Dialog Semiconductor (UK)Q2
Digi International (US)Q3
Digital Realty Trust (US)Q2
Dow Chemical Co (US)Q2
Dr Pepper Snapple (US)Q2
Dunkin' Brands (US)Q2
Edison International (US)Q2
Ellie Mae (US)Q2
Expedia (US)Q2
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (UK)Q2
First American Financial (US)Q2
Foxtons (UK)Half-year
Gaming and Leisure Properties (US)Q2
Great Western Bancorp (US)Q2
Gibraltar Industries (US)Q2
Hartford Financial Services (US)Q2
Iconix Brand (US)Q2
INC Research (US)Q2
Independent Bank (US)Q2
Integer Holdings Corp (US)Q2
Intel Corp (US)Q2
Intu Properties (UK)Half-year
Invesco (US)Q2
Investors Bancorp (US)Q2
Iridium Communications (US)Q2
Johnson Controls International (US)Q3
Just Eat (UK)Half-year
Knoll (US)Q2
Lancashire Holdings (UK)Half-year
Lloyds Banking (UK)Half-year
Mattel (US)Q2
Mastercard (US)Q2
McKesson (US)Q1
Meridian Bioscience (US)Q3
National Express (UK)Half-year
National Instruments (US)Q2
Pebblebrook Hotel Trust (US)Q2
Pinnacle Foods (US)Q2
Praxair (US)Q2
Primary Health Properties (UK)Half-year
Quaker Chemical (US)Q2
Raytheon (US)Q2
Reliance Steel & Aluminum (US)Q2
Renishaw (UK)Full-year
Rentokil Initial (UK)Half-year
Schroders (UK)Half-year
Sirius XM Holdings (US)Q2
S&P Global (US)Q2
Smith & Nephew (UK)Half-year
State Bank Financial (US)Q2
Starbucks (US)Q3
St James's Place (UK)Half-year
Stryker (US)Q2
Teradata (US)Q2
Thomas Cook (UK)Q3
Twitter (US)Q2
United Parcel Service (US)Q2
Valero Energy (US)Q2
VeriSign (US)Q2
Verizon Communications (US)Q2
Vesuvius (UK)Half-year
Weir (UK)Half-year
WESCO International (US)Q2
Western Digital (US)Q4
World Wrestling Entertainment (US)Q2
Xcel Energy (US)Q2
Xperi Corp (US)Q2
Friday 28 JulyResults
Baker Hughes a GE (US)Q2
Barclays (UK)Half-year
Barnes (US)Q2
Cabot Oil & Gas (US)Q2
CMS Energy (US)Q2
Inchcape (UK)Half-year
International Consolidated Airlines SA (UK)Half-year
JKX Oil & Gas (UK)Half-year
Laird (UK)Half-year
Merck & Co (US)Q2
Morgan Advanced Materials (UK)Half-year
Portland General Electric (US)Q2
Rightmove (UK)Half-year
Rockwell Collins (US)Q3
Scottish American Investment (UK)Q2
Southside Bancshares (US)Q2
Ventas (US)Q2
Weyerhaeuser (US)Q2

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

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