Book of drug look ahead to next week's key political and financial events. An election and Germany's Lower Saxony could go down the -- that the latest opinion poll puts I'm gonna knuckles coalition neck and neck and rivals. The most didn't Lower Saxony is seen as a must win for the opposition has PD. -- -- to have any hope of unseating knuckle in the federal election and the Orton. A key election to an Israel opinion polls suggest prime minister Netanyahu is said to win although his supporters that to its lowest point so far in the campaign. A relatively weak showing in the bottom box would make him more susceptible to the demands of his prospective coalition partners smaller right wing and religious parties which his government would have to rely on to some life. Lots of action is likely to be on the mind of Barack Obama as he's inaugurated for a second term on Monday. And this more fat than the 2008 party when Obama became the first black president of the United States. -- Markel will discuss the situation in Mali with French president -- long when they meet in Berlin. Germany wasn't send troops but is supporting problems with logistical aid. And also be attending celebrations marking the fiftieth anniversary of the -- he's a treaty on Franco German reconciliation. Off to the end of World War II. Now that could be a new name at the top table of eurozone finance ministers on Monday. The front runner to replace John pleasure and get as president is the Dutch finance mistake you run it dies probably. He's only been in his current job a few months but he said to have cross party support from several member states. Europe's fourth quarter earnings season gets what on the way with numbers from Siemens Unilever had Novartis and the S&P. Nokia is also expected to confirm it's better than expected results for Q4. Analysts say a continuation the current bull run inequities we'll be dependent on how healthy the region's corporate earnings. Even despite the rally that we still -- and it -- it when he felt the explosion that would -- And corporate profitability the -- it's about the performance of stock markets are critical to the party is. Still suggest that's valuations still look very attractive entity. We'll get plenty of evidence to judge whether the euros and economy has begun to turn a corner. Flash January KMI surveys for the year resident Germany out of France a sandwiched by Germany's is that the W and ethos that place. The latest Reuters survey points to a slight improvement in the outlook. It's a big UK take -- week to culminating in a first reading of fourth quarter GDP on Friday. The economy almost certainly contracted in the last three months of the yet although most analysts expect a modest recovery in the first -- twenty team. I'm just before we go to forget it is the week of the World Economic Forum in Davos. We'll be kicking off proceedings would -- -- costs on Wednesday through the end of the week starting at 6 AM GMT 7 AM central European time. Let's talk preview of the weekend I'm not a statements and this is Reuters.
Jan. 18 - A look to the close of the European markets and a look ahead to the next day’s trading, as well as what to expect from the Asian markets next week ( Transcript )
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