The Week Ahead: UK rates, Election timetable, Sports Direct

by Lee Wild from interactive investor |

Plenty of City investors will have more than one eye on the Christmas holiday, but there will be events to monitor. Here are the few highlights for the days ahead. 

Monday 16 December

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Studio Retail Group, Sports Direct, The Fulham Shore, Chemring  


ARC Minerals, AIQ Limited, AFI Development

Tuesday 17 December

MPs will be sworn in on Tuesday. 
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Evgen Pharma


Sareum, dotDigital Group, Tristel

Wednesday 18 December

No corporate news in the diary yet but watch for a speech from new ECB president Christine Lagarde first thing, then UK inflation data shortly after. Consensus is for no change from 1.5% previously.

Thursday 19 December

Today is the earliest possible day for a State Opening of Parliament and is when the debate on a new Queen's speech might begin.

The Bank of England announces its latest decision on UK interest rates at midday. Policymakers are expected to keep borrowing costs steady at 0.75%. 

Stocks that begin trading without rights to the latest dividend include United Utilities (LSE:UU.), Topps Tiles (LSE:TPT), Burberry (LSE:BRBY)

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Parkmead Group, SkinBioTherapeutics, Transense Technologies, Haydale Graphene Industries, Fragrant Prosperity

Friday 20 December


European Metals Holdings, Riverfort Global Opportunities, Mysale Group

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