MONDAY APRIL 20th
 
On This Day In 1968: Enoch Powell gave a high profile speech criticising the government’s  immigration policy. He said: "Like the Roman, I seem to see the river Tiber foaming with much blood."
 
Rightmove House Price Index
High-profile monthly sample of residential property asking prices.

Scottish Trades Union Congress
STUC's annual congress takes place at Ayr Racecourse.

International Downshifting Week
International Downshifting Week is a non-profit awareness campaign designed to help you slow down your pace, lean towards the green and get a better handle on the work/life balance in favour of life.
 
Match Against Poverty
UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors Cristiano Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane take part in annual charity football match.

CinemaCon
Since taking its first step in 2011, CinemaCon has evolved and grown to become the largest and most important gathering for the worldwide motion picture theater industry. Takes place in Las Vegas.
 
Morgan Stanley - Q1 results

Halliburton - Q1 results

IBM - Q1 results
 
Other Company Results:
 
HSS Hire Group
Rightster Group
Dillistone Group
Pires Investments
Ross Group
North Midland Construction
 
TUESDAY APRIL 21st
 
On This Day In 753 BC : Today is the traditional date of the foundation of Rome.
 
UK House Price Index
Statistics are mix-adjusted from data on around 25,000 November house sales provided by about 50 UK mortgage lenders.
 
Property Transactions in the United Kingdom
Figures on housing sales last month.
 
Sustainability Live
The organisers say this is the leading UK exhibition for innovative energy and sustainability management. Takes place at the NEC.

NUS National Conference
National Union of Students convene. Election for the NUS National President takes place.
 
World's largest flawless diamond - auction
The largest flawless diamond in the world is auctioned as the prize of Sotheby's 'Magnificent Jewels' auction. The gem is expected to sell for between $18m and $25m.. Takes place in New York.

Key Welsh Economic Statistics
Welsh Government releases monthly update of key economic figures.

The Queen's Birthday Gun Salutes
Gun salutes in Hyde Park and at the Tower of London mark The Queen's actual birthday, April 21. The Queen's official birthday is marked with The Queen's Birthday Parade - often referred to as Trooping The Colour in June.

Orwell Prize Awards
George Orwell Memorial Fund and The Political Quarterly present awards for political writing, either non-fiction or fiction, deemed to be in the spirit of George Orwell. Divided into two categories, for books and journalism.

Associated British Foods - interim results
Associated British Foods PLC is a diversified international food, ingredients and retail group. It is engaged in the processing and manufacturing of food and textile retailing.  In February the company said: "...the adjusted operating profit for the first half is expected to be lower than last year" In Mid-October the shares were around £24 they are now around  £30.17

ARM Holdings plc - Q1 results
ARM designs microprocessors, physical IP and related technology and software, and sells development tools to enhance the performance and energy-efficiency of high-volume embedded applications. In February the Chairman said: "... I am confident that we are well positioned to continue to provide value to all our stakeholders". In October the shares were around £8 and they are now around £11.70.
 
BSkyB plc - Q3 results
In February the company said: "...we are well placed to deliver growth and returns for shareholders"

Reckitt Benckiser Group plc - Q1 results
In March the Chairman said: " I am confident that the strategy being followed by the Group is the right one, and our strong management team is in place to continue to deliver the Group's stated aims of growth and outperformance".
The shares have offered a total return (share price rise and dividends) over the past 12 months of over 30%.

Verizon - Q1 results
US broadband and telecoms company, part of the S&P 100.

Lockheed Martin - Q1 earnings release
Global aerospace and defence company, part of the S&P 100.

DuPont - Q1 earnings release

Yahoo! Ltd - Q1 results

Other Company Results:
 
Egdon Resources
Sky
CDialogues
 
WEDNESDAY APRIL 22nd
 
On This Day In 1509: Henry VIII ascended to the throne of England upon the death of his father Henry VII.
 
UK MPC Minutes
Publication outlines thinking behind the Committee's decision on why it left rates unchanged last time.

Bank of England - Agents' Summary of Business Conditions
Summary of monthly reports compiled by the Bank of England's Agents, providing information on the state of business conditions from companies across all sectors of the economy.

The Private Equity Awards
Takes place at London Hilton, Park Lane, London, W1K 1BE

Earth Day
Each year, Earth Day -- April 22 -- marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. The organisers say: “The height of hippie and flower-child culture in the United States, 1970 brought the death of Jimi Hendrix, the last Beatles album, and Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water”. Protest was the order of the day, but saving the planet was not the cause. War raged in Vietnam, and students nationwide increasingly opposed it. Earth Day 1970 capitalized on the emerging consciousness, channeling the energy of the anti-war protest movement and putting environmental concerns front and centre.”

Tesco Results
In December the company said: "...we now anticipate group trading profit for the financial year ending February 2015 will not exceed £1.40billion" Over the past 12 months the total return has been -7%.

BHP Billiton operational review
BHP Billiton PLC is engaged in minerals exploration, development, production & processing, and oil & gas exploration, development and production. In February the company said: "We remain confident about the outlook for our company" The shares have been a poor performer over the past 12 months. The total return has been -20%.
 
Reed Elsevier plc - interim management statement
In March the CEO said: "... we are confident that, by continuing to execute on our strategy, we will deliver another year of underlying revenue, profit and earnings growth in 2015". Over the past 12 months the shares have offered a total return of over 35% around 3 times the FTSE 100 average.

Punch Taverns - interim results
Punch Taverns PLC is engaged in the operation of public houses under the leased model. It involves granting of leases to tenants who operate the pub as their own business, and entering into profit-sharing arrangements for income from leisure machines. The shares have had a very bad ride in the past year, offering a total return of -58%
 
McDonald's - Q1 earnings release
Burger Fact: The company began in 1940 when Dick and Mac McDonald opened a drive-in BBQ restaurant in California.

Facebook - Q1 results
Face Fact: It was founded in February 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg with his college roommates and fellow Harvard University student Eduardo Saverin.

eBay Inc - Q1 results

Boeing Group - Q1 results
 
AT&T - Q1 results

Roche - Q1 results

The Coca-Cola Company - Q1 results

Other Company Results:
 
International Biotechnology Trust
Henderson International Income Trust
Fenner
Connect Group
Shanta Gold
 
THURSDAY APRIL 23rd
 
On This Day in 2005: The first YouTube video was posted, a clip of co-founder Jawed Karim at the San Diego Zoo. A year-and-a-half later Google bought YouTube for $1.65 billion
 
UK Retail Sales figures

Council of Mortgage Lenders' gross lending estimate
Figures show the total value of loans secured on dwellings that are newly advanced by institutions last month.

UK Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders - automotive production statistics

Public Sector Finances
Produced jointly by HM Treasury and the ONS on a monthly basis within Public Sector Finances First Release, statistics cover the surplus on current budget, net debt, net borrowing and net cash requirement.

Office for Budget Responsibility - public finance release
OBR publishes regular commentary on the public sector finances data release at around midday.
 
Bank of England - Capital Issuance
Bank releases figures on gross and net issuance by UK residents.
 
Trends in Lending - quarterly statistics
 
Spain - unemployment statistics

New Residential Sales (US)
Public Information Office, US Census Bureau,Public Information Office, US
 
World Book Night
World Book Night is an annual celebration of reading and books that takes place on 23 April. It sees passionate volunteers give out hundreds of thousands of books in their communities to share their love of reading with people who don’t read regularly or own books. World Book Night is run by The Reading Agency, a national charity that inspires people to become confident and enthusiastic readers to help give them an equal chance in life.

St George's Day
In 1222 the Council of Oxford declared April 23rd to be St George’s Day. It was not until 1348 that St George became the Patron Saint of England
 
Starbucks Corporation - Q2 results
 
Microsoft Corporation - Q3 results

Google Inc - Q1 results

Procter and Gamble - Q3 earnings

Other Company Results:
 
Phaunos Timber Fund
Highland Gold Mining
Aminex
Air Partner
Orogen Gold
Bisichi Mining 
 
FRIDAY APRIL 24th
 
On This Day In 1990: The rocket carrying the Hubble telescope blasts off for space
 
Index of Private Housing Rental Prices
Published by the ONS
 
Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting
Arctic Council Ministerial Meetings take place every two years, and mark the hand-over of the chairmanship of the Arctic Council. The body was set up to bring together representatives of the eight circumpolar countries - Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russian Federation, Sweden and the USA - and six international indigenous peoples organisations.
 
US Advance Report on Durable Goods Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories, and Orders

AstraZeneca AGM
In March the Chairman said: "Total revenue is expected to decline by mid single-digit percent at constant exchange rates" Over the past 12 months the shares have given a total return of around 28%.
 
Other Company Results:
 
Aseana Properties
W Resources
London & Associated Properties
Camellia
Spirit Pub Co
Scottish Oriental Smaller
Fidelity Special Values
Weiss Korea Opportunity Fund
Camkids Group
Trap Oil Group
 
SATURDAY APRIL 25th
 
On This Day In 1953: James Watson, Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins published research of the ‘Secrets of Life’ and which eventually resulted in them being awarded the Nobel Prize
 
World Malaria Day
Opportunity for malaria-free countries to learn about the disease and for new donors to join the global partnership. 
 
SUNDAY APRIL 26th
 
On This Day in 1962: The American Moon rocket Ranger IV landed on the moon. The Russians had landed on the moon in 1959.
 
Virgin London Marathon
UK's biggest road running event sees 37,500 people participate. World Record holder Paula Radcliffe runs her last marathon. Olympian


POSTED 13 April, 2015