Stocks To Watch
Financial markets' focus at the start of December will continue to be on global manufacturing sector conditions, with surveys covering activity in the US, UK and euro area during the month of November all due out.
There isn’t much scheduled on the corporate front for the end of the week, although a trading update from magazine and newspaper publisher Reach should garner some interest, as the Black Friday sales kick off.
Investors' attention will be squarely on the UK Spending Review on Wednesday and updated economic forecasts from the Office for Budget Responsibility.
Financial markets will be focused on Tuesday on the IFO institute's closely-followed business confidence gauge for November.
The focus in financial markets at the end of the week will be on the latest retail sales and public sector borrowing figures scheduled for release in the UK.
The market spotlight on Wednesday will shift back towards the Continent and Brexit as leaders from the European Union meet via videoconference.
Investors' attention on Tuesday will be mainly on the US, where a deluge of macroeconomic data are due out.
The focus at the end of the week will shift back towards the US and a preliminary reading on consumer confidence for the month of November.
Financial markets focus on Thursday will be on a preliminary print for UK gross domestic product in the third quarter.
Financial markets' focus in the middle of the week will be on the start of the European Central Bank Forum, with investors keen to hear the latest views from monetary authority's top officials on current economic conditions, although forecasts appear to be in a state of flux following the latest Covid-19 vaccine news.
The market spotlight on Tuesday will fall on the latest UK employment data.
All eyes at the end of the week will be on the US non-farm payrolls report for October, with investors looking for signs that even modest job growth can be sustained, or not, until new fiscal stimulus is approved by Congress.
The focus on Thursday will shift to the Bank of England, which is expected to boost the size of its asset purchase facility by £110bn, followed later in the session by the US Federal Reserve which may also signal that further quantitative easing is in the pipeline.
All eyes on Wednesday will be on the result of the US presidential elections and whether Democrats are able to gain control of the Senate, the upper chamber of Congress.
All eyes on Tuesday will be on the US elections, even if the results won't start to be known - under a best case scenario - until the next day.
The focus at the end of the week will be firmly on the US technology sector as investors digest the results from three of the biggest corporate names globally, Apple, Amazon and Facebook.
The spotlight on Thursday is likely to be on the US economy as a first view of third quarter US gross domestic product reveals that the economy bounced back quite quickly as the first wave of the pandemic was more or less tempered in the US, even as it was initially brought under control in Asia and Europe.
The economic and corporate news-flow is light on Wednesday, although investors will continue to keep an eye on the election polls ahead of the 3 November presidential and Congressional elections in the US.
Markets' focus on Tuesday will be on a slew of data across the US and Europe which will help investors determine how economic growth was holding as the second wave of the pandemic spread, even if hospitalisations and death rates remained well below their levels of last spring.
Investors' focus at the end of the week will be on a raft of survey data for manufacturing and services around the world.
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