After a busy week of corporate earnings, jobs reports, and the latest FOMC meeting, next week could be more subdued. We can expect earnings from PayPal, Airbnb, The Walt Disney Company, Electronic Arts, and automakers Toyota and Honda, among others. The latest inflation readings will become available with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and Producer Price Index (PPI) for April. Also, policymakers from the Bank of England (BoE) will hold a key meeting on interest rates Thursday, followed by a gross domestic product (GDP) reading from the U.K. on Friday.

Earnings Update

After a busy week of corporate earnings, next week could be more subdued. However, we can still expect earnings from a number of prominent companies, including PayPal, Airbnb, Disney, Electronic Arts, and carmakers Toyota and Honda, among others.

As of Friday, 85% of S&P 500 companies have reported earnings. Of these, 79% have reported earnings per share (EPS) above expectations, while 75% have exceeded revenue estimates, according to FactSet. So far, the blended earnings decline for S&P 500 companies—combining firms that have reported earnings with those yet to report—is 2.2%, which would mark the second straight quarterly decline in earnings. Among companies that generate more than 50% of their revenue in the U.S., earnings grew 2.7% on average, indicating that international sales were a headwind for S&P 500 companies in the first quarter.1

April Inflation Readings

We’ll get the latest inflation readings next week with the April Consumer Price Index (CPI) on Wednesday and the Producer Price Index (PPI) on Thursday. The CPI is projected to have climbed 0.4% last month after rising 0.1% in March. Year-over-year, prices were likely up 4.9%, at the slowest pace in two years, decelerating slightly from 5% in March. Core prices, which exclude volatile food and energy costs, likely rose 0.3% last month and were up 5.6% on an annual basis.

The PPI will follow on Thursday, tracking inflation from the standpoint of manufacturers and wholesalers. Producer prices are projected to have risen 0.3% last month, rebounding off an unexpected 0.5% decline in March. Year-over-year, they were likely up 2.4% at the slowest pace since January 2021, decelerating from 2.7% in March.

BoE Interest Rate Decision

Next Thursday, Bank of England (BoE) policymakers will hold their latest meeting on interest rates, one week after the U.S. Federal Reserve and European Central Bank (ECB) raised interest rates. BoE policymakers are expected to raise the key bank rate by 25 basis points to 4.5%, marking the 12th consecutive rate hike since early last year.2 The U.K. is experiencing its highest inflation in four decades, currently at an annual rate of 10.1%, coupled with a stagnating economy. The latest GDP report, due on Friday, is projected to show growth of just 0.1% in the first quarter and stagnation on an annual basis.