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Lots riding on earnings as Tesla Inc, Apple Inc, Microsoft Corp in US add spice to Diageo PLC and Dr Martens in London

“The hope going into earnings season was that companies were going to settle the nerves,” said one analyst

There are plenty of corporate updates in the coming week that should demand investor attention, from Diageo and Dr Martens in London to Apple, Microsoft and Tesla in the US.

Casting a shadow on all stock markets, however, will be the US Federal Reserve update on Wednesday, with interest rate angst already leading to a correction for many stocks on both sides of the Atlantic.

Investors are starting to realise that after many years of near-zero interest rates and quantitative easing, it’s time to go back to normal, with the Bank of England following the week after, among five central bank meetings in the coming fortnight.

The big question for the market is how far and how fast they’re likely to hike rates – and whether a strong earnings reporting season can

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