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29 Jan 2021 | 17:06

Week ahead: Bank of England, US non-farm payrolls in focus

(Sharecast News) - Investors' focus over the coming week will be firmly on the Bank of England, as rate-setters meet on Thursday to decide on monetary policy.

Despite recent pessimism or increased caution due to the appearance of new strains of Covid-19, over recent weeks there has been increased 'market chatter' regarding the prospect of higher inflation as the virus is brought under control and economic activity rebounds.

Hence, investors will be keen to know what policymakers at the Old Lady on Threadneedle Street make of all that.

Financial markets will likely also be in a bit of a 'wait and see' mode ahead of the all important January non-farm payrolls report due out in the States on Friday.

Confidence regarding new government spending measures may have helped forestall further losses in the jobs market, but perhaps not quite as much as some are hoping.

Consensus is calling for a 85,000 rise in hiring after December's unexpectedly weak print of -140,000.

Nonetheless, a reading on Chinese manufacturing sector activity at the start of the year, which is due out on Sunday may help set the tone in financial markets for the beginning of the week, as well as for the month of February.

Traders will also be an eye out updates regarding the progression of the third Covid-19 wave and for any new developments to adapt vaccines to the new strains and on their roll-out to populations.

So too, whether or not the volatility seen on Wall Street over the previous week continues may also be key to the outcome of February's week of trading.

Survey results for manufacturing and services sector activity in the UK, euro area and US are all scheduled for release too, on Monday and Wednesday, respectively.

Monday February 01

INTERIMS

Hargreaves Lansdown

INTERIM DIVIDEND PAYMENT DATE

United Utilities Group

QUARTERLY PAYMENT DATE

Mercantile Investment Trust (The)

INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS

Auto Sales (US) (20:30)

Construction Spending (US) (15:00)

ISM Manufacturing (US) (15:00)

PMI Manufacturing (GER) (08:55)

PMI Manufacturing (EU) (09:00)

PMI Manufacturing (US) (14:45)

Retail Sales (GER) (07:00)

Unemployment Rate (EU) (10:00)

FINALS

Porvair

EGMS

San Leon Energy

AGMS

JpMorgan China Growth & Income , Webis Holdings

UK ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS

Consumer Credit (09:30)

M4 Money Supply (09:30)

Mortgage Approvals (09:30)

PMI Manufacturing (09:30)

FINAL DIVIDEND PAYMENT DATE

Merchants Trust 3.65% Cumulative Preference 1, Signature Aviation 5% Cum Prf

Tuesday February 02

INTERIMS

Filtronic, NWF Group

INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS

Auto Sales (US) (20:30)

GDP (Preliminary) (EU) (10:00)

Q4

BP

FINALS

BP, IDOX, Sureserve Group

AGMS

Agronomics Limited, Blackrock Frontiers Investment Trust, JPMorgan Indian Investment Trust, Scottish Inv Trust

TRADING ANNOUNCEMENTS

Gem Diamonds Ltd. (DI), SSE, Virgin Money UK

UK ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS

Nationwide House Price Index (07:00)

Wednesday February 03

INTERIMS

Frontier Developments

INTERIM DIVIDEND PAYMENT DATE

Ashtead Group

QUARTERLY PAYMENT DATE

British American Tobacco

INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS

Crude Oil Inventories (US) (15:30)

ISM Prices Paid (US) (15:00)

ISM Services (US) (15:00)

MBA Mortgage Applications (US) (12:00)

PMI Composite (EU) (09:00)

PMI Composite (GER) (08:55)

PMI Composite (US) (14:45)

PMI Services (EU) (09:00)

PMI Services (GER) (08:55)

PMI Services (US) (14:45)

Producer Price Index (EU) (10:00)

Q4

GlaxoSmithKline

GMS

Stobart Group Ltd.

EGMS

DP Eurasia N.V. (DI)

AGMS

Daily Mail and General Trust A (Non.V), Premier Miton Group, Schroder Asia Pacific Fund

TRADING ANNOUNCEMENTS

Vodafone Group

UK ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS

PMI Services (09:30)

FINAL DIVIDEND PAYMENT DATE

Britvic

Thursday February 04

INTERIMS

Alumasc Group, Barratt Developments, NCC Group, Renishaw

INTERIM DIVIDEND PAYMENT DATE

Cohort, Johnson Matthey, XPS Pensions Group

INTERIM EX-DIVIDEND DATE

British Smaller Companies VCT 2, Downing One VCT , Marwyn Value Investors Limited, TI Fluid Systems

QUARTERLY EX-DIVIDEND DATE

Greencoat Renewables, Merchants Trust, Picton Property Income Ltd

INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS

Continuing Claims (US) (13:30)

Factory Orders (US) (15:00)

Initial Jobless Claims (US) (13:30)

Retail Sales (EU) (10:00)

Q3

BT Group

Q4

Nokia OYJ, Nokia OYJ, OMV Petrom S.A. GDR (REG S), Public Joint Stock Company Severstal GDR (Reg S), Royal Dutch Shell 'A', Royal Dutch Shell 'A', Royal Dutch Shell 'B', Unilever

GMS

Hostelworld Group , Microsaic Systems

FINALS

Nokia OYJ, Nokia OYJ, OMV Petrom S.A. GDR (REG S), Royal Dutch Shell 'A', Royal Dutch Shell 'B', Unilever

EGMS

DCC, Yew Grove Reit

AGMS

Compass Group, Hargreave Hale AIM VCT , Sage Group, Stock Spirits Group , Ten Lifestyle Group , Unicorn AIM VCT , Unicorn AIM VCT

TRADING ANNOUNCEMENTS

Compass Group, Cranswick, Watches of Switzerland Group

UK ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS

BoE Interest Rate Decision (12:00)

PMI Construction (09:30)

FINAL EX-DIVIDEND DATE

Baronsmead Second Venture Trust, Baronsmead Venture Trust, Gulf Investment Fund, JPMorgan Russian Securities, Titon Holdings, Treatt

Friday February 05

INTERIM DIVIDEND PAYMENT DATE

Aveva Group, Crystal Amber Fund Ltd., Halma, Vodafone Group

QUARTERLY PAYMENT DATE

BMO UK High Income Trust

INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS

Consumer Credit (US) (20:00)

Factory Orders (GER) (07:00)

Non-Farm Payrolls (US) (13:30)

Retail Sales (EU) (10:00)

Unemployment Rate (US) (13:30)

FINALS

Beazley

SPECIAL DIVIDEND PAYMENT DATE

Best of the Best, BMO UK High Income Trust B Shares, iEnergizer Ltd.

EGMS

Bank of Cyprus Holdings Public Limited Company, Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited NPV, Smurfit Kappa Group, Total Produce

AGMS

Aberdeen Standard Equity Income Trust , Brewin Dolphin Holdings, Cerillion , Countryside Properties, Egdon Resources, On The Beach Group

UK ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS

Halifax House Price Index (08:30)

FINAL DIVIDEND PAYMENT DATE

AJ Bell, Barings Emerging Emea Opportunities , Daily Mail and General Trust A (Non.V), Henderson European Focus Trust, UDG Healthcare Public Limited Company

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