Money Minute Tuesday 28 January: a busy day in the corporate calendar

In today's Money Minute, the corporate calendar is busy with trading updates from companies on both sides of the Atlantic, including AG Barr and Apple.

Good morning and welcome to Money Minute, where we preview the day's biggest financial stories. Not much in the way of big economic news today, but the corporate calendar is busy on both sides of the Atlantic.

In the UK, we get trading statements and results from several well known FTSE 250 companies. There's a year-end update from soft drinks maker AG Barr. The company had a tough first half, partly due to the long hot summer of 2018 being hard to beat. Investors will be hoping that things improved for the Irn Bru producer in the second half.

Updates are also due from troubled financial services group Saga, challenger bank Virgin Money and retirement home specialist McCarthy & Stone.  

Over in the US, tech giant Apple is the one to watch. The company's shares soared by more than 80% last year. Investors are increasingly convinced that Apple can break its dependence on selling ever more advanced iPhones. So they'll pay close attention to revenue from services  - such as selling more apps - and wearables, particularly Apple's popular earphones, when its first quarter results come out later. 

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