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Week commencing 15 April

Chris Beauchamp's insight

Earnings season is now underway, and key names this week include Goldman Sachs and Netflix, the latter likely to command all the attention thanks to its huge price gains in recent months. UK economic data appears throughout the week, including employment reports and monthly inflation data, the latter particularly important as markets debate when the Bank of England (BoE) will cut rates. China’s Q1 Gross domestic product (GDP) and the monthly German ZEW index will also be worth watching.

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Economic reports

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Weekly view

1.30pm – US retail sales (March), NY Empire state manufacturing index (April): sales expected to rise 0.3% MoM, and Empire state index to rebound to -10. Markets to watch: USD crosses

3am – China GDP (Q1): growth rate expected to slow to 5% from 5.2%. Markets to watch: China indices, CNH crosses

7am – UK employment data (February): unemployment rate forecast to rise to 4% from 3.9%, and average earnings to rise 5.8% in February from 5.6% in January. Markets to watch: GBP crosses

10am – German ZEW economic sentiment index (April): index expected to rise to 32 from 31.7. Markets to watch: EUR crosses

1.30pm – Canada CPI (March): prices forecast to rise 2.7% YoY and 0.3% MoM, from 2.8% and 0.3% respectively. Markets to watch: CAD crosses

7am – UK CPI (March): prices forecast to rise 3.1% YoY from 3.4%, and 0.5% from 0.6% MoM. Markets to watch: GBP crosses

3.30pm – US EIA crude oil inventories (w/e 12 April):
stockpiles rose by 5.8 million barrels in the preceding year. Markets to watch: Brent, WTI

2.30am – Australia employment data (March): unemployment rate expected to rise to 4% from 3.7%. Markets to watch: AUD crosses

1.30pm – US initial jobless claims (w/e 13 April): claims to rise to 212K Markets to watch: USD crosses

3pm – US existing home sales (March): sales expected to fall 2.2% MoM. Markets to watch: USD crosses

12.30am – Japan CPI (March): prices forecast to rise 2.8% YoY, in line with last month. Markets to watch: JPY crosses

7am – UK retail sales (March): sales forecast to rise 0.2% MoM. Markets to watch: GBP crosses

Monday

1.30pm – US retail sales (March), NY Empire state manufacturing index (April): sales expected to rise 0.3% MoM, and Empire state index to rebound to -10. Markets to watch: USD crosses


Tuesday

3am – China GDP (Q1): growth rate expected to slow to 5% from 5.2%. Markets to watch: China indices, CNH crosses

7am – UK employment data (February): unemployment rate forecast to rise to 4% from 3.9%, and average earnings to rise 5.8% in February from 5.6% in January. Markets to watch: GBP crosses

10am – German ZEW economic sentiment index (April): index expected to rise to 32 from 31.7. Markets to watch: EUR crosses

1.30pm – Canada CPI (March): prices forecast to rise 2.7% YoY and 0.3% MoM, from 2.8% and 0.3% respectively. Markets to watch: CAD crosses


Wednesday

7am – UK CPI (March): prices forecast to rise 3.1% YoY from 3.4%, and 0.5% from 0.6% MoM. Markets to watch: GBP crosses

3.30pm – US EIA crude oil inventories (w/e 12 April): stockpiles rose by 5.8 million barrels in the preceding year. Markets to watch: Brent, WTI


Thursday

2.30am – Australia employment data (March): unemployment rate expected to rise to 4% from 3.7%. Markets to watch: AUD crosses

1.30pm – US initial jobless claims (w/e 13 April): claims to rise to 212K. Markets to watch: USD crosses

3pm – US existing home sales (March): sales expected to fall 2.2% MoM. Markets to watch: USD crosses


Friday

12.30am – Japan CPI (March): prices forecast to rise 2.8% YoY, in line with last month. Markets to watch: JPY crosses

7am – UK retail sales (March): sales forecast to rise 0.2% MoM. Markets to watch: GBP crosses

Company announcements

Monday
15 April

Tuesday
16 April

Wednesday
17 April

Thursday
18 April

Friday
19 April

Full-year earnings

Saga

Half/ Quarterly earnings

Goldman Sachs LVMH,
Bank of America,
Johnson & Johnson,
Morgan Stanley,
UnitedHealth
ASML,
Alcoa
Netflix Procter & Gamble

Trading update*

PageGroup Moneysupermarket.com Entain,
Hays
Rentokil,
easyJet,
Dunelm,
Foxtons

Dividends

FTSE 100: Antofagasta, BAE Systems, Unite, Croda, London Stock Exchange, Weir, Fresnillo

FTSE 250: Jupiter, Drax, Vesuvius, Serco, Rotork, Quilter, Rathbones, Kier, Bridgepoint, Dowlais, Merchants Trust

Dividends are applied after the close of the previous day’s session for each market. So, for example, the FTSE 100 goes ex-dividend on a Thursday, but the adjustment is applied at the close of the previous day, e.g. Wednesday. The table below shows the days in which the adjustment is applied, not the ex-dividend days.

Index adjustments

Monday
15 April
Tuesday
16 April
Wednesday
17 April
Thursday
18 April
Friday
19 April
Monday
22 April
FTSE 100 4.92
Australia 200 0.3
Wall Street 6.6 8.5
US 500 0.31 0.24 0.18
Nasdaq 0.02
Netherlands 25 0.38
EU Stocks 50 2.3 10.1 5.6
China H-Shares
Singapore Blue Chip
Hong Kong HS50
South Africa 40 203.6
Italy 40
Japan 225

* Please note these can change without notice

1 Dividend adjustments due to be posted on a bank holiday will usually be posted on the previous working day

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