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Next week on the stock market

What to expect from a selection of FTSE 100, FTSE 250 and selected other companies reporting next week.

Important notes

This article isn’t personal advice. If you’re not sure whether an investment is right for you please seek advice. If you choose to invest the value of your investment will rise and fall, so you could get back less than you put in.

Among those currently scheduled to release results next week:

  • Streaming is in the spotlight for Disney
  • Entain could feel the squeeze as online revenues falls
  • We’d like to know if Prudential continues to face headwinds in Asia

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Among those currently scheduled to release results next week:

08-Aug
Barrick Gold* Q2 Results
Clarkson Half Year Results
Pagegroup Half Year Results
09-Aug
Abrdn* Half Year Results
Baillie Gifford US Growth Trust Full Year Results
Bellway Trading Statement
InterContinental Hotels Group Half Year Results
IWG Half Year Results
Just Group Half Year Results
Legal & General* Half Year Results
TI Fluid Systems Half Year Results
10-Aug
4imprint Group Half Year Results
Admiral Group Half Year Results
Aviva* Half Year Results
CLS Holdings Half Year Results
ContourGlobal Half Year Results
Gamesys Group Half Year Results
Quilter Half Year Results
TP ICAP Group Half Year Results
TUI AG* Q3 Results
Walt Disney Co* Q3 Results
11-Aug
Antofagasta Half Year Results
Coca Cola HBC AG Half Year Results
Derwent London Half Year Results
Deutsche Telekom Q2 Results
Entain* Half Year Results
M&G* Half Year Results
Petrofac* Half Year Results
Prudential* Half Year Results
Savills Half Year Results
Spirax-Sarco Engineering* Half Year Results
12-Aug
Flutter Entertainment Half Year Results
TBC Bank Group Q2 Results

*Events on which we will be updating investors.

Walt Disney – Matt Britzman, Equity Analyst

Disney should continue to benefit from the easing of lockdowns as theme park visitors return in their masses. Investors will be eager to see if Disney has gathered more momentum in the third quarter despite high inflation impacting consumers purchasing power. We’ll also be paying particular attention to how well the recovery for international theme parks is coming along.

Turning to the direct-to-consumer segment, which includes the likes of Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu, subscriber growth beat expectations last quarter, with Disney+ capturing 7.9m new subscribers. Following news that Netflix lost 1m subscribers in their recent results, we'll be focusing our attention on how this translates to Disney’s subscriber growth, especially as management expect it to slow.

Producing good content comes at a pretty penny. Operating losses in direct-to-consumer ballooned three times to $887m last quarter. So, we’ll be keeping an eye out for any guidance on how Disney plans to turn a profit here, especially as competition heats up.

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Entain – Matt Britzman, Equity Analyst

We heard in Entain’s recent trading update that online gaming revenue has taken a dip in the first half of 2022. The impact on profit should come to light next week, and we’ll be focusing our attention on whether management believe the previous spending habits will remain in-tact, if not, we could see online revenue continue to decline into the future.

Turning to retail stores, the picture looks positive. Revenues ballooned in the first half of the year as easing restrictions saw customers return to stores. Although beneficial, operating margins have typically been lower in stores than online and we’ll be watching for any impact this has had on operating margins.

The UK Gambling Act Review is still looming over the industry. But given that over 50% of Entain’s revenue comes from overseas, including from BetMGM in the US, the company should be shielded from some risk. Still, updates on potential impacts will be closely watched.

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Prudential – Sophie Lund-Yates, Equity Analyst

Coronavirus and the ongoing border closure between Hong Kong and Mainland China have constrained sales for Prudential. We believe that uncertainty about the Asian business environment has contributed to the recent fall in valuation.

New business profit margins for their Life Insurance division will be at the front of investors’ minds. Prudential enjoys fixed premiums on its Health and Protection policies, however, rising inflation and interest rates may dent profit margins as premiums continue to remain fixed. Because of this, we will be keeping a close eye on how margins have changed and the impact it has had on profits.

Investors will also get a chance to see if rising interest rates are benefitting the Asset Management division. Many Asian countries have progressively raised interest rates, benefitting savings and annuities for Prudential, and next week should shine some light on what impact this has had.

Looking ahead, we will be focusing our attention on how well digital sales are progressing. Lower customer acquisition and servicing costs all feed into higher margins, and we are optimistic that digital sales will continue to rise. However, significant uncertainty in the Asian markets can quickly dampen the mood.

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