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15 Jan 2021 | 12:00

Week ahead: Vaccination programmes, EU summit

(Sharecast News) - The spotlight over the coming week is likely to be on progress with vaccination programmes around the world. In the US and UK, inoculations are running ahead of Barclays' forecasts made in early December, but others now insist that a further pick up is needed in order to reach so-called 'herd immunity' as quickly as possible, even by summer.

Indeed, in a research report sent to clients on 15 January, Barclays conceded that the new virus strains might push out the timeline for reaching herd immunity and require higher levels of inoculations than previously thought.

Linked to the above, at a summit on Friday, European Union leader will discuss their strategy for rolling out vaccines and other measures to contain the novel coronavirus, particularly any new strains.

Investors will likely also be keeping close tabs on the latest Covid-19 outbreaks in China, which initial reports indicate are showing faster than expected rates of propagation, although for the moment they remain small.

As regards economic data, on home shores the week will be back-end loaded with monthly readings for consumer confidence, retail sales, public sector borrowing and factory activity all scheduled for release on Friday.

Stateside the focus will be on the Philly Fed's regional manufacturing sector index for January, which may show continued resilience in factory activity in that part of the country.

A close eye will also be kept on the latest weekly jobless claims data.

Preliminary factory Purchasing Managers' Indices will also be in focus across the Channel, on Friday, in the euro area.

The EU summit may also yield more detailed information regarding the expected speed of vaccinations at the national level going forwards.

Ahead of all of the above, on Thursday the European Central Bank will meet to decide on interest rates.

Interest rate decisions are also scheduled for China and Malaysia on Wednesday, and in Norway and Indonesia the following day.

Monday January 18

FINALS

AFH Financial Group

AGMS

Craven House Capital

Tuesday January 19

INTERIMS

Knights Group Holdings , Knights Group Holdings , Time Finance , U And I Group

INTERIM DIVIDEND PAYMENT DATE

MS International

INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS

Consumer Price Index (GER) (07:00)

Current Account (EU) (09:00)

ZEW Survey (EU) - Economic Sentiment (10:00)

ZEW Survey (GER) - Current Situation (10:00)

ZEW Survey (GER) - Economic Sentiment (10:00)

FINALS

Watkin Jones

EGMS

Flutter Entertainment

AGMS

C4X Discovery Holdings , Tracsis

TRADING ANNOUNCEMENTS

Etalon Group GDR (Reg S), Experian, Henry Boot, Kier Group, Premier Foods, Rio Tinto

Wednesday January 20

INTERIMS

Van Elle Holdings

INTERIM DIVIDEND PAYMENT DATE

Ventus VCT D Shs, Ventus 2 VCT, Ventus 2 VCT 'C' Shares, Ventus 2 VCT D Shs, Ventus VCT, Ventus VCT 'C' Shares

INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS

Consumer Price Index (EU) (10:00)

Crude Oil Inventories (US) (15:30)

GFK Consumer Confidence (GER) (07:00)

MBA Mortgage Applications (US) (12:00)

Producer Price Index (GER) (07:00)

GMS

Sabien Technology Group

AGMS

Diploma, Edinburgh Worldwide Inv Trust, Majedie Investments, Prairie Mining Limited, Residential Secure Income, WH Smith

TRADING ANNOUNCEMENTS

Antofagasta, BHP Group, Burberry Group, Cairn Energy, City of London Investment Group, CMC Markets, Diploma, Global Ports Investments GDR (REG S), Wetherspoon (J.D.), WH Smith

UK ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS

Consumer Price Index (07:00)

Producer Price Index (07:00)

Retail Price Index (07:00)

Thursday January 21

INTERIMS

IG Group Holdings, Sensyne Health

INTERIM DIVIDEND PAYMENT DATE

GB Group, Sirius Real Estate Ltd.

INTERIM EX-DIVIDEND DATE

Stenprop Limited

QUARTERLY EX-DIVIDEND DATE

JpMorgan China Growth & Income , M Winkworth, Supermarket Income Reit

INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS

Building Permits (US) (13:30)

Continuing Claims (US) (13:30)

ECB Interest Rate (EU) (12:45)

Housing Starts (US) (13:30)

Initial Jobless Claims (US) (13:30)

SPECIAL EX-DIVIDEND DATE

Best of the Best

EGMS

Grafton Group Ut, Kenmare Resources

AGMS

Baillie Gifford European Growth Trust , Barings Emerging Emea Opportunities , BrandShield Systems, Henderson Far East Income Ltd., Mineral & Financial Investments Limited (DI)

TRADING ANNOUNCEMENTS

AJ Bell, Arrow Global Group, Close Brothers Group, Countryside Properties, Energean , Eve Sleep PLC, Luceco , Sage Group

FINAL EX-DIVIDEND DATE

Dewhurst, Dewhurst (Non-Voting), RWS Holdings

Friday January 22

INTERIM DIVIDEND PAYMENT DATE

JPMorgan Euro Small Co. Trust, Wincanton

QUARTERLY PAYMENT DATE

Aberdeen Diversified Income and Growth Trust , Real Estate Investors, Volta Finance Limited, Volta Finance Limited NPV (GBP)

INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS

Existing Home Sales (US) (15:00)

GMS

Egdon Resources, Salt Lake Potash Limited (DI)

AGMS

Character Group, Ironveld, TheWorks.Co.Uk

TRADING ANNOUNCEMENTS

Computacenter, Record, TheWorks.Co.Uk

UK ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS

GFK Consumer Confidence (00:01)

Public Sector Net Borrowing (07:00)

FINAL DIVIDEND PAYMENT DATE

AB Dynamics, Northern Venture Trust

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