THE WEEK AHEAD

COMPANY NEWS
● Ireland's biggest bookmaker Paddy Power will announce its end of year results on Monday.

● So will the financial spread betting and CFD provider IG Group. Both will be betting on good results.

● On Tuesday, Weir Group, founded in 1981 by descendants of Robert Burns, will hope to have engineered strong end of year results.

Tullow Oil announces on Wednesday. Investors will hope to see profits from oil’s sustained price rise.

● Insurers will be in the spotlight with Prudential releasing its results on Wednesday, while Standard Life will release on Thursday.

● The global asset management company Schroders, which recently unveiled its UK Core Fund, will release its 2010 results on Thursday.

● On Friday it will be revealed whether food and drink prices have impacted JD Wetherspoon profits as it releases its end of year results.

● The world’s largest producer of nickel and palladium, MMC Norilsk Nickel, will hold its EGM on Friday.

ECONOMICS NEWS
● On Wednesday the FTSE 100 will meet for its quarterly review of which stocks to admit or drop. ITV is likely to be readmitted.

● Wednesday and Thursday the MPC meets to determine whether or not to put up interest rates.

● Respective authorities in Malaysia, Thailand and South Korea will also meet next week to review their respective rates.

● Staying in Asia, Japan will announce machinery orders data for January on Wednesday and revised GDP for October-December on Thursday.

POLITICAL NEWS
● Tuesday will see the publication of Tom Winsor’s independent report on police reform.

● On Wednesday, the London Assembly transport committee will meet to discuss the worsening congestion in the city, if they can make it through all the traffic.

● Wednesday is also the deadline for the government’s consultative green paper on philanthropy.

● Talking of giving money away, Lord Hutton will let us all know on Thursday how he is going to solve the public-sector pensions crisis.