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Look ahead: BoE; China Caixin; Apple; Amazon; Meta

Apple, Amazon and Meta join the earnings parade in a week when comments from Microsoft and Alphabet highlighted the challenges and costs associated with AI.

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Brace for potential FX volatility linked to policy announcements by both the Bank of England and the Federal Reserve. The latest print on China’s factory activity comes amid concerns about an Evergrande fallout.

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Caixin Manufacturing's PMI expectations

In today's "Look ahead", Angeline Ong has previewed the upcoming events in the financial markets for Thursday 1 February. In China, they will be watching the Caixin Manufacturing's PMI expectations for January. The concern here is whether this will have any impact from the Evergrande situation.

Latest UK economic data

The UK will be looking at the Nationwide House Price Index and the Bank of England interest rate decision. The British pound has been falling against a stronger US dollar, but it has still performed better compared to other currencies due to its economic performance and inflation. In the eurozone, they will be releasing the consumer price index and the unemployment rate.

Latest US economic data

From the US, we can expect more jobs numbers, specifically the initial jobless claims and the ISM manufacturing PMI. These will provide insights into the job market and manufacturing sector's health. The big highlight for the day will be the earnings reports from major companies like Apple, Amazon, and Meta platforms. These reports will give us a sense of how these companies are performing financially. For example, Shell is expected to have a decrease of 25.3% in fourth-quarter revenues compared to the previous year.

Investors are currently more worried about the costs of new technologies than the potential benefits they bring. This is an important factor to watch for companies like Amazon and Peloton, as the cost of living crisis will significantly impact their business. So overall, it's going to be a busy day in the financial markets with a mix of economic data releases and earnings reports from major companies.

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