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21 Feb 2021 | 12:29

Week ahead: UK reopening plans, Fed's Powell in focus

(Sharecast News) - Investors' focus over the coming week will be very much on the UK, as the Prime Minister outlines plans for gradually reopening the economy. His speech on Monday will be followed by the release of the monthly employment report the next day.

Economists at Barclays Research expect only a small increase in the unemployment rate for the three months to December to 5.2% from 5.0% over the prior three-month stretch.

Average weekly earnings are also seen higher with Barclays anticipating a print of 3.8% year-on-year, up from 3.6%.

Barclays nevertheless expected pay settlements to slow into 2021.

They also pointed out the lingering uncertainty around the large number of furloughed workers.

Stateside meanwhile the spotlight will fall on Jerome Powell, as he delivers his semi-annual testimony to the Senate Banking Committee.

In the euro area, the main economic releases to watch out for are the IFO institute's monthly German business confidence survey on Monday and money supply data out of the euro area.

Further afield, rate-setters in New Zealand will meet to decide on policy on Wednesday, followed by their peers in South Korea on Thursday.

Monday 01 March

INTERIMS

Craneware

INTERIM DIVIDEND PAYMENT DATE

The Mission Group

QUARTERLY PAYMENT DATE

JpMorgan China Growth & Income

INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS

Auto Sales (US) (20:30)

Construction Spending (US) (15:00)

PMI Manufacturing (US) (14:45)

FINALS

Aggreko, Greencoat Renewables, Quartix Holdings , Seplat Petroleum Development Company (DI)

AGMS

Driver Group

UK ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS

Consumer Credit (09:30)

M4 Money Supply (09:30)

Mortgage Approvals (09:30)

PMI Manufacturing (09:30)

Tuesday 02 March

INTERIMS

Bluefield Solar Income Fund Limited, Hotel Chocolat Group , Supermarket Income Reit

INTERIM DIVIDEND PAYMENT DATE

Pembroke Vct B

INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS

ISM Manufacturing (US) (15:00)

ISM Prices Paid (US) (15:00)

PMI Manufacturing (GER) (08:55)

PMI Manufacturing (EU) (09:00)

Unemployment Rate (GER) (08:55)

Q3

Ashtead Group

FINALS

Apax Global Alpha Limited , Dalata Hotel Group, Devro, Fisher (James) & Sons, Flutter Entertainment, Fresnillo, Intertek Group, IWG , PPHE Hotel Group Ltd, Robert Walters, Rotork, Signature Aviation , Synectics, Taylor Wimpey, Travis Perkins, Uniphar , XP Power Ltd. (DI)

ANNUAL REPORT

Apax Global Alpha Limited

AGMS

Aberforth Smaller Companies Trust, JPMorgan Russian Securities, Redx Pharma, River and Mercantile UK Micro Cap Investment Company Limited

Wednesday 03 March

INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS

MBA Mortgage Applications (US) (12:00)

PMI Composite (US) (14:45)

PMI Services (US) (14:45)

Producer Price Index (EU) (10:00)

Retail Sales (GER) (07:00)

FINALS

Allergy Therapeutics, Avast, Getbusy, Nichols, Pagegroup, Persimmon, Polymetal International

AGMS

Gunsynd , Schroder European Real Estate Investment Trust

TRADING ANNOUNCEMENTS

Biffa

UK ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS

PMI Services (09:30)

Thursday 04 March

INTERIMS

Galliford Try

INTERIM EX-DIVIDEND DATE

Ashmore Group, BHP Group, City of London Investment Group, Draper Esprit VCT, Grit Real Estate Income Group Limited NPV, Jupiter UK Growth Investment Trust, MJ Gleeson , Oxford Instruments, Renishaw

QUARTERLY EX-DIVIDEND DATE

Diversified Gas & Oil, HICL Infrastructure , Real Estate Credit Investments Ltd, UIL Limited (DI)

INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS

Continuing Claims (US) (13:30)

Factory Orders (US) (15:00)

Initial Jobless Claims (US) (13:30)

PMI Composite (EU) (09:00)

PMI Composite (GER) (08:55)

PMI Services (EU) (09:00)

PMI Services (GER) (08:55)

Retail Sales (EU) (10:00)

Unemployment Rate (EU) (10:00)

Q4

Mail.ru Group Ltd GDR (Reg S)

FINALS

Aviva, Cairn Homes , Capital & Regional, Centralnic Group , Coats Group, CRH, Entain, Franchise Brands, Hunting, Hutchison China Meditech Ltd, Mail.ru Group Ltd GDR (Reg S), Meggitt, Melrose Industries, Morgan Advanced Materials , Rathbone Brothers, Rentokil Initial, Schroders, Spire Healthcare Group, Synthomer, Vesuvius, Vesuvius, Vistry Group , William Hill

SPECIAL EX-DIVIDEND DATE

Hunters Property , Rio Tinto

AGMS

Chemring Group, ECO Animal Health Group

TRADING ANNOUNCEMENTS

Hansard Global

UK ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS

PMI Construction (09:30)

FINAL EX-DIVIDEND DATE

Aviva 8 3/8% Cumulative Irrd Preference 1, Bristol Water 'A' 8 3/4% Cum Irrd Prf, General Accident (Prf), John Menzies 9% Cumulative Preference 1, Keystone Inv Trust 5% Cumulative Preference 1, Morgan Advance Materials 5% Cumulative 2nd Preference 1, Morgan Advance Materials 5.5% Cumulative 1st preference 1, Rights & Issues Investment Trust , Rio Tinto, S and U 6% Cumulative Prf. £1, Safestore Holdings, Scottish American Inv Company

Friday 05 March

INTERIM DIVIDEND PAYMENT DATE

British Smaller Companies VCT 2, DWF Group , NCC Group

QUARTERLY PAYMENT DATE

ICG Enterprise Trust, JPMorgan Claverhouse Inv Trust, Octopus Renewables Infrastructure Trust

QUARTERLY EX-DIVIDEND DATE

General Electric Co (CDI)

INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS

Consumer Credit (US) (20:00)

Factory Orders (GER) (07:00)

ISM Prices Paid (US) (15:00)

ISM Services (US) (15:00)

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

Unemployment Rate (US) (13:30)

GMS

Argo Blockchain

FINALS

AIB Group, Convatec Group , Global Ports Investments GDR (REG S), Pearson

ANNUAL REPORT

AIB Group

AGMS

Jupiter Emerging & Frontier Income Trust RED, Mila Resources

UK ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS

Halifax House Price Index (08:30)

FINAL DIVIDEND PAYMENT DATE

Baronsmead Second Venture Trust, Baronsmead Venture Trust, Gulf Investment Fund, Oxford Metrics, Renew Holdings

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