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Daily Telegraph: A guide to company results and meetings, and economic statistics

Bumper earnings are anticipated for BP's fourth-quarter results tomorrow on the back of high oil prices when investors will be looking to share in the bonanza through more share buybacks.
Analysts' consensus forecast for profit in the quarter ending December is $5.6billion (£3.2billion), up from $4.76billion a year earlier. Fourth quarter earnings will have been held back by charges of $1.3billion relating to its UK gas contracts and $400m from the restructuring of its European gas business.
Full-year cost of supply profits is expected to come in at $21billion to $22billion just behind Shell's $22.9billion last week which is a record for a UK listed company.
Both oil companies have undertaken large share buybacks in the last few years but BP's have been more generous despite lower earnings. Last year's figure is expected to come in at $12billion.

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