FTSE preview: BP, Shell, Shire, GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca, BSkyB, Unilever, Whitbread


Investors will have plenty of corporate and macroeconomic data to digest next week with a number of high profile companies including oil and gas giants BP (LSE: BP) and Shell (LSE: RDSB), broadcaster BSkyB (LSE: BSY) and pharmaceutical majors GlaxoSmithKline (LSE: GSK), Shire (LSE: SHP) and AstraZeneca (LSE: AZN) set to release their quarterly figures.

No notable corporate data is due out on Monday.

On Tuesday, outsourcing company Connaught (LSE: CNT) and Imperial Tobacco Group (LSE: IMT) will release their interims, while chipmaker ARM Holdings (LSE: ARM) and consumer goods company Reckitt Benckiser (LSE: RB) will report on their quarterly results.

On Wednesday, industrial manufacturer Fenner (LSE: FENR) will report on its interims and Home Retail Group (LSE: HOME) will release its final results. Carpet retailer Carpetright (LSE: CPR) is set to make a trading announcement. The key corporate data of the day will be the quarterly reports from oil supermajor Shell (LSE: RDSB), pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (LSE: GSK) and Virgin Media.

Broadcaster BSkyB (LSE: BSY) will release its quarterly figures on Thursday, while hotelier Whitbread (LSE: WTB) and retailer HMV Group (LSE: HMV) will release their finals and insurer Standard Life (LSE: SL) will update the market on its trading performance. Pharmaceutical companies AstraZeneca (LSE: AZN) and Shire (LSE: SHP), oil and gas producer BG Group (LSE: BG), Coca-Cola Bottling Company and food manufacturer Unilever (LSE: ULVR) will report their Q1 results.

On Friday, business services group Rentokil Initial (LSE: RTK) will update investors on its trading performance, while oil and gas producer Heritage Oil (LSE: HOIL) is set to release its final results. Mineral sands producer Kenmare Resources (LSE: KMR) will release its annual report.

Next week’s economic data will include the Dallas Fed index in the US and Nationwide House Price Index in the UK on Monday, US consumer confidence index and house price index, the Richmond Fed manufacturing index and UK mortgage approvals in the UK on Tuesday and the Fed’s interest rate announcement and US mortgage applications data on Wednesday. Thursday will see US business climate, consumer and industrial confidence data, US initial and continuing jobless claims and Chicago Fed index. A flurry of US data is due out on Friday, including the Chicago PMI index, US GDP, personal consumption and income numbers, University of Michigan consumer confidence index and NAPM Milwaukee.

The FTSE 100 index is currently projected to add 0.6% in early trade on Monday, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average is seen flat.

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