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The week ahead: 25/10/21

Heavy-hitters Facebook, Microsoft, Alphabet, Apple and Amazon report this week, along with Twitter, Visa, 3M, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Boeing, credit cards Visa and Mastercard, oil firms Royal Dutch Shell, ExxonMobil and Chevron, and banks HSBC, Lloyds and NatWest. We’ll also see the first estimate of US GDP for the third quarter.

Monday 25 October

We start the week with earnings from Facebook, a week after plans were announced to rebrand the social media app. Reports also come from bank HSBC, electronic design firm Cadence, consumer goods group Kimberly-Clark and fast-food holding company Restaurant Brands International. In Germany, the latest Ifo business climate index will provide an update on the development of the German economy.

Tuesday 26 October

Two more of the Big Five, Alphabet and Microsoft, report to the market on Tuesday, the latter having recently begun the phased rollout of it new Windows 11 operating system. A packed schedule also includes social app Twitter, credit card Visa, pharmaceutical firms Eli Lilly and Novartis, semiconductor manufacturers AMD and Texas Instruments, courier UPS, aerospace firms Raytheon and Lockheed Martin, consumer goods group Reckitt and Dow component 3M. Look out, too, for the US new home sales and the Conference Board’s US consumer confidence.

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Wednesday 27 October

Three Dow components – Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Boeing – report on Wednesday. Other notable earnings include pharmaceutical firms GlaxoSmithKline and Bristol Myers Squibb, lab equipment provider Thermo Fisher Scientific, automotive firms Ford and General Motors, management software provider ADP and auction site eBay. Among the macroeconomic data, we’ll get the Australian Q3 CPI (last time out showing annual inflation of 3.8%), the German GfK consumer climate and the US durable goods orders, goods trade balance and retail inventories.

Thursday 28 October

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Thursday is one of the key earnings days of the quarter. The remaining two of the Big Five, Apple and Amazon, go head-to-head, along with media group Comcast, credit card Mastercard, e-commerce platform Shopify, pharmaceutical company Merck, oil firm Royal Dutch Shell, industrial gas supplier Linde, carmaker Volkswagen, coffee shop Starbucks, UK bank Lloyds and many others. We’ll also get interest-rate decisions from the European Central Bank (facing calls to address rising inflation in the eurozone) and the Bank of Japan, as well as Japanese retail sales data, German unemployment and CPI, and, in the US, pending home sales and the first estimate of Q3 GDP.

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Friday 29 October

Overnight on Friday the Japanese jobs/applications ratio, Tokyo CPI and industrial production are released, along with the Australian PPI, private sector credit and retail sales. Later in the morning we’ll see the French and German GDP figures, French consumer spending and the eurozone CPI. In the afternoon keep an eye out for the US PCE price index, employment cost index and personal spending, plus the Chicago PMI and the University of Michigan consumer sentiment index. Standouts in the earnings schedule include oil firms ExxonMobil and Chevron, biopharmaceutical company AbbVie, household products multinational Colgate-Palmolive and UK bank NatWest.

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Published: 25 October 2021

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