THIS WEEK’S FINANCIAL DIARY – Monday, 19th April 2021

April 19, 2021

I am standing upon the seashore. A ship, at my side,
spreads her white sails to the moving breeze and starts
for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength.
I stand and watch her until, at length, she hangs like a speck
of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.

Then, someone at my side says, "There, she is gone."

Gone where?

Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast,
hull and spar as she was when she left my side.
And, she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port.

Her diminished size is in me -- not in her.


And, just at the moment when someone says, "There, she is gone,"
there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices
ready to take up the glad shout, "Here she comes!"

And that is dying...”

“Gone from My Sight”

Henry Van Dyke – Poet – 1852-1933

 

Windsor Castle – Saturday 17th April – The Funeral of HRH, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh - A spectacle of pageantry, poignancy, and ceremonial excellence, in glorious Spring sunshine. No other country in the world puts on a display of formality and solemnity with such superb detail to the same unique standard as the UK does, as was witnessed last Saturday. This was a fitting tribute to the Duke Edinburgh, who committed 73 years of devoted duty and loyal service to HM, The Queen, our country, and the Commonwealth. RIP

 

INDEX

12th April 2021

16th April 2021

% Loss/Gain

FTSE

6915

7019

+1.39%

DAX

15238

15459

+1.45%

CAC40

6167

6287

+1.95

DJIA

33775

34200

+1.26%

S&P 500

4124

4185

+1.48%

NASDAQ

13854

14052

+1.43%

SHANGHAI

3445

3426

-0.55%

HANG SENG

28791

28969

+0.62%

NIKKEI 225

29874

29683

-0.64%

 

UK companies posting interim results this week – Monday – AB Dynamics, Petrofac, YouGov, Tuesday – AB Foods, Petra Diamonds, Avast, Tuesday – Boohoo, Kier Group, Wednesday – Antofagasta, BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, Quilter, Thursday – Avacta, AJ Bell, Gem Diamonds, Rentokil Initial, Informa, Segro, Taylor Wimpey, Friday – Faron, Hikma, Senior

US Companies posting interim results this week – Monday – IBM, Coca-Cola, MaxCyte, United Airlines, Tuesday – Abbott Labs, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northern Trust, Procter & Gamble, Philip Morris, Travelers, Comerica, CSX Corp, Xerox, Harley-Davidson, Omnicom, Netflix, Johnson & Johnson, Wednesday – Baker Hughes, eBay, Whirlpool, Haliburton, Verizon, Lam Research, Nasdaq, Thursday – American Airlines, AT&T, Biogen, BJ Restaurants, Freeport McMoRan, Snap, Intel, Valero Energy, DR Horton, HCA Healthcare, Mattel, Friday – American Express, Kimberly-Clark, Honeywell, Raytheon, Schlumberger, Tesla

Economic data to be posted this coming week – Monday – Rightmove House Prices, Tuesday – UK Employment data, Germany PPI, German Gfk Consumer Confidence, Wednesday – UK Inflation, PPI, RPI, CPI, Thursday – US Initial Jobless Claims, US Existing Home Sales, ECB Meeting, UK CBI Business Optimism, Friday – UK Gfk Consumer Confidence, UK PMI Construction, Manufacturing & Services flash, US PMI Construction, Manufacturing & Services flash, UK Retail Sales.

The “Weekly Fayre” will be posted next Monday 26th April 2021.

Sources – FT, Times, Sunday Times, Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph, Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, Guardian, Observer, Bloomberg, CNBC, BBC, Yahoo Finance, Reuters