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Week ahead: Brexit talks, French elections in focus

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(ShareCast News) – Politics will continue to be front-and-centre next week as Brexit negotiations between the UK and European Union kick-off, although Monday is expected to be the only day of talks next week.Ahead of those, the BBC reported that EU sources had told it that Britain had already agreed to sort out its so-called ‘divorce’ bill and citizens’ residence rights before starting talks on trade.

“The conventional post-election wisdom is that the lack of a government majority means that the runes have swung in favour of a soft Brexit. However, we wonder if this really is the case.
“There still seems little appetite to accept any of the compromises that a soft Brexit would require, while the EU continues to be unswerving in its position that no bespoke arrangement that allows the UK to remain a member of the single market exists. However, the UK still seems insistent on adopting conflicting positives. Failure to find a stable constituency for Brexit may mean that the risk of no agreement is rising,” said Oxford Economics�s James Nixon.
No less important, France’s new president Emmanuele Macron and his centre-right allies were expected to sweep aside nearly all opponents in the second round of the country’s legislative elections, on Sunday.
Polls indicated they might get as many as 470 of the 577 seats in the chamber, the largest majority since Charles de Gaulle won 80% of the seats in 1968.
Nonetheless, turnout was expected to be quite low, which worried some observers.
The flow of economic data was expected to quieten down meanwhile, with the most important releases for financial markets not arriving until the end of the week, in the form of the latest purchasing manager survey data in the euro area and the US.
On Friday, IHS Markit would publish its preliminary readings for manufacturing and service sector PMIs in those two blocs.
In the UK, public sector net borrowing figures were scheduled for release on Wednesday.
Policy announcements from the central banks of New Zealand and Norway were expected on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.
Monday June 19
INTERIMSCareTech Holding
INTERIM DIVIDEND PAYMENT DATECompass Group
GMSStandard Life
FINALSBonmarche Holdings, Bonmarche Holdings
AGMSCaledonia Mining Corporation (DI), Globalworth Real Estate Investments Limited, Panther Securities, Phaunos Timber Fund Ltd., Premier Technical Services Group , Premier Technical Services Group , Rasmala, Trader Media East Ltd GDR (Reg S)
TRADING ANNOUNCEMENTSGlobalworth Real Estate Investments Limited
FINAL DIVIDEND PAYMENT DATEBlackRock Smaller Companies Trust, Kingfisher, Merlin Entertainments , Pagegroup, Witan Pacific Inv Trust
Tuesday June 20
INTERIMSRWS Holdings
INTERIM DIVIDEND PAYMENT DATEIncome & Growth VCT , Utilitywise plc
INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTSCurrent Account (EU) (09:00)Current Account (US) (13:30)Producer Price Index (GER) (07:00)
Q3Wolseley
GMSHellenic Telecom Industries SA ADS
ANNUAL REPORTSSE
IMSSWolseley
SPECIAL EX-DIVIDEND DATEAlternative Liquidity Fund Limited
EGMSTiso Blackstar Group SE (DI)
AGMS21st Century Technology, BlackRock Emerging Europe, Coca-Cola HBC AG (CDI), Downing Two VCT F Shs , Evraz, Faroe Petroleum, GVC Holdings, Hellenic Telecom Industries SA ADS, Inspired Energy, Marwyn Value Investors Limited, Morses Club , Water Intelligence
FINAL DIVIDEND PAYMENT DATEHiscox Limited (DI), ICG Enterprise Trust, IFG Group, Non-Standard Finance, Taptica International (DI)
Wednesday June 21
INTERIMSWynnstay Group
INTERIM DIVIDEND PAYMENT DATEDFS Furniture
INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTSCrude Oil Inventories (US) (15:30)Existing Home Sales (US) (15:00)MBA Mortgage Applications (US) (12:00)
FINALSBerkeley Group Holdings (The), Hornby, Immunodiagnostic Systems Holdings, Sirius Real Estate Ltd.
ANNUAL REPORTWorldwide Healthcare Trust
SPECIAL DIVIDEND PAYMENT DATEDFS Furniture
EGMSSt Peter Port Capital Ltd
AGMSAndrews Sykes Group, Blackstone/GSO Loan Financing Limited, Brave Bison Group, Cathay International Holdings Ltd., Cellcast, Clontarf Energy , Good Energy Group, London Security, NetScientific , Photonstar LED Group, PJSC Lukoil ADR, St Peter Port Capital Ltd, Tarsus Group, Third Point Offshore Investors Ltd. GBP Shares, UK Commercial Property Trust, Vimetco NV GDR (Reg S), Walker Greenbank, Whitbread, Xeros Technology Group
TRADING ANNOUNCEMENTSWhitbread
UK ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTSPublic Sector Net Borrowing (09:30)
FINAL EX-DIVIDEND DATETongaat-Hulett Ltd.
Thursday June 22
INTERIMSChemring Group
INTERIM DIVIDEND PAYMENT DATECerillion , Euromoney Institutional Investor
INTERIM EX-DIVIDEND DATEElegant Hotels Group , Gooch & Housego, Maven Income & Growth 3 VCT, Maven Income & Growth 4 VCT, Maven Income & Growth VCT, Orchard Funding Group , Sherborne Investors (Guernsey) ‘B’ Limited
QUARTERLY PAYMENT DATETotal SA, UIL Limited (DI)
QUARTERLY EX-DIVIDEND DATEFunding Circle SME Income Fund, Land Securities Group, Mercantile Investment Trust (The)
INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTSContinuing Claims (US) (13:30)House Price Index (US) (13:00)Initial Jobless Claims (US) (13:30)
SPECIAL DIVIDEND PAYMENT DATEAlternative Liquidity Fund Limited
SPECIAL EX-DIVIDEND DATEChelverton Small Companies Dividend Trust, Northern 2 VCT, Northern 3 VCT, PayPoint
AGMSAdgorithms Limited (DI), Avesoro Resources Inc. (DI), Braemar Shipping Services, Cadogan Petroleum, ECSC Group, EVR Holdings, Petropavlovsk, PJSC Acron GDR (REG S), PJSC Centre For Cargo Container Traffic Transcontainer GDR (Reg S), PJSC Centre For Cargo Container Traffic Transcontainer GDR (Reg S), Pro Global Insurance Solutions , Saga , Savannah Petroleum , Senterra Energy , Taliesin Property Fund Limited, Tandem Group, Tiger Resource Finance, Union Jack Oil, Universe Group, Velocys plc, Wentworth Resources Ltd (DI), Widecells Group , Xtract Resources
TRADING ANNOUNCEMENTSGo-Ahead Group
UK ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTSCBI Industrial Trends Surveys (11:00)
FINAL DIVIDEND PAYMENT DATECineworld Group, Gamma Communications
FINAL EX-DIVIDEND DATEB&M European Value Retail S.A. (DI), BGEO Group, Big Yellow Group, Edinburgh Inv Trust, Fuller Smith & Turner, Gresham House Strategic , Helical, JD Sports Fashion, KCOM Group, Majestic Wine, Mediclinic International , Montanaro European Smaller Companies Trust, Morses Club , MS International, Norcros, Northern 2 VCT, Northern 3 VCT, PayPoint, Sprue Aegis, Tex Holdings, TR Property Inv Trust, United Utilities Group, Wynnstay Properties
Friday June 23
INTERIM DIVIDEND PAYMENT DATEBaring Emerging Europe, Impax Asset Management Group, Inland Homes, Keystone Inv Trust, Numis Corporation, Titon Holdings, Town Centre Securities, ZPG Plc
QUARTERLY PAYMENT DATEBP
INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTSNew Homes Sales (US) (14:00)
AGMSBH Macro Ltd. GBP Shares, Boohoo.com, Elderstreet VCT, First Derivatives, Griffin Mining Ltd., Lenta Ltd GDR (Each 5 Repr 1 Ord) (144A) , New Century AIM VCT 2, Oracle Coalfields, PJSC Tatneft ADS , Trinity Exploration & Production
FINAL DIVIDEND PAYMENT DATECape, Flowtech Fluidpower, Inchcape, Keywords Studios, M. P. Evans Group, Maven Income & Growth 2 VCT, Midwich Group, Mincon Group , Moss Bros Group, Provident Financial, Ted Baker, Triple Point VCT 2011, Triple Point Vct 2011 A, Venture Life Group

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