MONDAY APRIL 27th
 
BRC-Google Online Retail Monitor - Q1
A report measuring changes and trends in the growth of retail search terms.

CBI Industrial Trends Survey
A barometer of the business climate.
 
US Flash Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index - report

A New Play For The General Election - press night
A new play specifically created in response to the General Election opens at Finborough Theatre
 
Governor of the Bank of Norway - LSE lecture
Øystein Olsen discusses how monetary policy and financial stability are interlinked, by drawing examples from the Norges Bank.

The Webby Awards - winners announced
The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences honors internet-related achievement. Gala evening takes place at a later date.
 
Refugee camps in Western Sahara - Oxfam report
Oxfam publishes report on the conditions of refugee camps in Western Sahara and discusses a potential sustainable solution, ahead of an expected vote at the UN Security Council extending its mandate on April 30.
 
COMPANY RESULTS: Apple Inc - Q2 results

COMPANY RESULTS:  Everything Everywhere - Q1 results
Orange and T-Mobile umbrella group.

COMPANY RESULTS:  Premier Farnell
 
Other Company Results
Cluff Natural Resources
Bluecrest Bluetrend Ltd      
Dillistone Group
Work Group
Harvey Nash Group
Lok'n Store Group
Narborough Plantations
Focusrite PLC TUNE 
Atlas Development & Support
BlackRock Smaller Companies Trust
 
 
TUESDAY APRIL 28th
 
UK GDP - Q1 2015
Preliminary estimation of UK gross domestic product.

High street banking - BBA release

Smart To Future Cities
Looks at how cities can be smarter.
 
The Tony Awards - nominations announcement
Announcement of those in the running for the 2015 US awards, regarded as the Oscars of the theatre industry.
 
COMPANY RESULTS: Twitter - Q1 results
Conference call takes place at 2pm PDT.
 
COMPANY RESULTS:  Ford Motor Company - Q1 results
 
COMPANY RESULTS:  Pfizer Incorporated - Q1 results

COMPANY RESULTS:  Grupo Santander - Q1 results
Includes Banco Santander, owner of Abbey.

COMPANY RESULTS:  Honda Motor - Q4 results

COMPANY RESULTS:  BP plc - Q1 results
In March the CEO said: "...The BP of 2015 is a robust and resilient business" Over the past 12 months BP shares have given a total return (share price and dividends) of 4.5% - about half the FTSE 100 average.
 
COMPANY RESULTS: Panasonic - Q4 results

COMPANY RESULTS: Whitbread - preliminary 2014 earnings release
Whitbread PLC operates as hotels and restaurants and a coffee shop business company. The Company’s brands include brands Premier Inn and Costa. In February the company said: "With this strong performance we expect to deliver full year results towards the top end of current expectations". Over the past 12 months the shares have given a total return of 31% compared to a FTSE 100 average of 9.4%.

COMPANY RESULTS: Total Group - Q1 results
 
COMPANY RESULTS: United Parcel Service (UPS) - Q1 earnings release

COMPANY RESULTS: Merck - Q1 results

COMPANY RESULTS: Daimler AG - Q1 results

COMPANY RESULTS: Honda Motor - full-year results

Other Company Results:
 
Allied Minds
Avacta Group
CentralNic Group
Alba Mineral Resources
Crawshaw Group
Richoux Group
Elderstreet VCT
Next Fifteen Communications Group
Avocet Mining
Gresham House
Slingsby (H C)
R E A Holdings
Xeros Technology Group
AB Dynamics
Infrastrata
EU Supply
 
 
WEDNESDAY APRIL 29th
 
US Federal Reserve Board - interest rate decision
The Federal Reserve Open Market Committee - decides whether to change the US rate of interest.

US GDP figures - Q1 (first release)
 
Insolvency Statistics - Q1 2015
Statistics on quarterly insolvencies for the UK.
 
News Awards
Previously knows at The Newspaper Awards,

The Wellcome Book Prize
Major literary prize open to outstanding works of fiction and non-fiction on the theme of health, illness or medicine. Prize is £25k.
 
UK Oil and Gas Industry Safety Awards
Industry awards acknowledging exceptional contributions to safety.
 
Business Climate Indicator for the Euro Area

COMPANY RESULTS: TSB - Q1 results
Re-launched in September 2013 after Lloyds Banking Group divested 25% of its shares.
 
COMPANY RESULTS: NEXT - interim management statement
This month the chairman said: “2015 will bring new challenges and opportunities, Our strategy will remain the same, focussed on our products, our profitability and returning cash to our shareholders" Over the past 12 months the shares have given a total return of nearly 16% - substantially more than the market average.

COMPANY RESULTS: Stagecoach Group - pre-close trading update
Stagecoach Group PLC provides & operates public transportation services including bus, coach, train & tram services. Its operates in the UK, US & Canada and has four divisions: UK Bus (regional operations), UK Bus (London), North America and UK Rail. In March the company said: ...overall current trading is satisfactory and we are on course to meet our expectations for the year". Over the past 12 months the shares have given a total return of 0.9%.
 
COMPANY RESULTS: Standard Life plc - Q1 results
In February the CEO said: "...we are very well placed for the future" Over the past 12 months the shares have given a total return of 3.8% (share price + dividends)
 
COMPANY RESULTS: British American Tobacco - Q1 interim management statement
AGM also takes place today.
 
COMPANY RESULTS: Home Retail Group - full-year results
Home Retail Group PLC is a home and general merchandise retailer, organized into three main business segments: Argos, Homebase and Financial Services. Argos is a general merchandise retailer.  In March the company said: "...we expect that group benchmark profit before tax for the FY15 financial year will be towards the top end of the current range of market expectations of £120m to £132m" Over the past 12 months the shares have given a negative total return of -16%.

COMPANY RESULTS: N. Brown Group
Brown (N) Group PLC is a direct home shopping retailing company. It offers clothing, household, footwear and electrical goods. It also provides financial services to its customers, which include flexible credit plans. In March the company said: "Full year 14/15 continuing PBT now expected to be slightly below the range previously guided to, and current market consensus of £88.0m". Over the past 12 months the shares have given a total negative return of -33%.
 
COMPANY RESULTS: GlaxoSmithKline
GlaxoSmithKline PLC incorporated in United Kingdom. The Company creates, discoveres, develops, manufactures and markets pharmaceutical products including vaccines, over-the-counter (OTC) medicines and health-related consumer products. In February the chairman said: "...I remain confident GSK will deliver considerable, long-term value and returns for shareholders". Shares have given a total return over the past 12 months of 6% compared to the FTSE 100 average of 9.44%
 
COMPANY RESULTS: Spirit Pub Co
Spirit Pub Co PLC owns and operates pub brands including Chef & Brewer, Flaming Grill and Fayre & Square in United Kingdom. The Company also lets out its pubs for lease. In December the CEO said "We remain confident in the long-term business outlook". Over the past 12 months the shares have given a total return of 43%
 
COMPANY RESULTS: Deutsche Bank - Q1 results
 
COMPANY RESULTS: Volkswagen (VW) - Q1 results

Other Company Results:
Union Jack Oil
TMT Investments
Schroder Global Real Estate Securities
Cadogan Petroleum
Solo Oil
Carador Income Fund
Mi-Pay Group
Ukraine Opportunity Trust
Foresight VCT
Cayenne Trust
Development Securities
Utilitywise
Schroder Oriental Income Fund
Redefine International
World Careers Network
 
THURSDAY APRIL 30th
 
One week from now: General Election
A week today, voters in the UK will go to the polls.
 
Land Registry House Price Index
Monthly data set showing house prices at national, regional, county and London borough level.
 
Russian Central Bank - interest rate announcement
 
Bank of Japan - monetary policy decision

BT acquisition of EE - shareholder vote
BT holds general meeting to allow shareholders to vote on the proposed acquisition of the Deutsche Telekom/Orange-owned mobile operator EE.

Germany - unemployment data

Euro area inflation - flash estimate
Released at 11am, Brussels time.
 
Spain GDP - Q1
National Statistics Institute (INE) releases first preliminary quarterly estimates for pervious quarter.
 
Supply Market Indicators - Ofgem statistics
Ofgem publishes monthly figures setting out the estimated general pricing trends in the energy market for the next 12 months.

Honesty Day
Established in the 1990s by M. Hirsh Goldberg to celebrate the virtue of honesty on April 30 as a way to end the month, which begins with April Fools Day pranks.
 
COMPANY RESULTS: Tullow Oil AGM
Tullow Oil PLC is an independent oil and gas exploration and production company. The Company is engaged in oil and gas exploration, development and production and the sale of hydrocarbons and related activities. The total return is a negative 53% over the past 12 months.
 
COMPANY RESULTS: Smith & Nephew
Smith & Nephew PLC develops, manufactures, markets and sells medical devices in the sectors of Advanced Surgical Devices and Advanced Wound Management. In March the CEO said "... am excited by our prospects for accelerating growth in 2015 and beyond". Over the past 12 months the shares have given a total return of 33%.
 
COMPANY RESULTS: Royal Bank of Scotland Group
The shares have given a total return over the past 12 months of 15%. An analyst’s note in February on the company said: “The size of the GBP 5.8 billion loss the Royal Bank of Scotland reported for the fourth quarter was surprising, driving the bank’s full-year results into a loss compared with the modest profit we’d expected. But the bank’s plans to further shrink its operations were less surprising, since RBS has been working for years to sharpen its focus on its strong United Kingdom operations.”
 
COMPANY RESULTS: Royal Dutch Shell plc - Q1 results
Trades as two classes of shares on the FTSE 100, 'A' and 'B'. 'A' shares have a Dutch source and 'B' shares are intended for the UK.

COMPANY RESULTS: Kazakhmys plc - Q1 results
 
COMPANY RESULTS: Nokia - Q1 results
 
COMPANY RESULTS: Exxon Mobil - Q1 results
 
COMPANY RESULTS: Gazprom - annual results
World's largest gas-producing company.
 
COMPANY RESULTS: Colgate-Palmolive - Q1 results
 
COMPANY RESULTS: Visa Inc - Q2 earnings release
Conference call at 5pm EST.
 
COMPANY RESULTS: Expedia - Q1 results
Results publication to be confirmed.
 
COMPANY RESULTS: Marriott International - Q1 results
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Other Company Results:
 
Saga
Avon Rubber
Macromac
Puma VCT 9
PUMA VCT 8
Trinity Exploration & Production
Shaft Sinkers Holdings
Asia Ceramics Holdings
Norcon
Proxama
Globo
Maple Energy
New Century AIM VCT 2
Styles & Wood Group
UKrproduct Group
Summit Therapeutics
Premier Veterinary Group
Access Intelligence
Aberdeen New Thai Investment Trust
British & American Investment Trust
Panther Securities
Witan Pacific Investment Trust
Shire
CSR
Global Resources Investment Trust
Octopus VCT 4
Octopus VCT 3
Boxhill Technologies
Starvest
Schroder Income Growth Fund
Edinburgh Dragon Trust
Finsbury Growth & Income Trust
Ultrasis
MoPowered Group
 
FRIDAY MAY 1st
 
ISM Manufacturing Index
Institute for Supply Management releases closely watched indicator of economic growth.

UK Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index - report
Markit/CIPS report.

Money and Credit
Bank of England statistical release, which includes lending to individuals, lending to businesses and broad money and credit, replacing several separate monthly publications. The Bank also publishes Bankstats (Monetary and Financial Statistics) and Effective interest rates reports today.

International Workers' Day
Workers' rights are celebrated worldwide.

COMPANY RESULTS: Lloyds Banking Group - Q1 management statement
Retail bank. UK Government took a 43.4% stake in the Group in 2009, at the height of the financial crisis. In March the company said: "...well positioned to continue to progress towards being the best bank for our customers while delivering strong and sustainable returns for our shareholders" Over the past 12 months the shares have given a total return of 7%.
 
COMPANY RESULTS: The Character Group
The Character Group is engaged in the design, development and international distribution of toys, games and giftware. The Company operates in the United Kingdom and the Far East. In January the company said: "The directors also remain confident that the company can deliver another year of solid progress, resulting in achieving at least current market expectations for the year ending 31 August 2015". The shares have given a total return in the past 12 months of 117%.
 
Other Company Results:
 
Smurfit Kappa Group
Marwyn Management Partners
The Cardiff Property
 

SATURDAY MAY 2nd
 
Jousting Season - begins
Knights of Royal England tour the country.

SUNDAY MAY 3rd
 
World Press Freedom Day
UNESCO-initiated observance, held to respect the belief that a free, pluralistic and independent press is an essential component of any democratic society. The UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize is also awarded.


POSTED 20 April, 2015