Three snapshots for Friday
Although the focus has been on Spanish debt auctions this week as this chart shows Italy has much further to go in meeting this year’s funding needs.
German business sentiment rose unexpectedly for the fifth month in a row in March, moving in the opposite direction to the composite PMI:
Greg Harrison points out 82% of S&P 500 companies have beaten their Q1 earnings estimates so far. It is early days but it it continues that would be the highest for at least five years. Is this a sign that the strength in corporate earnings in continuing? The chart below suggests as least part may be due to falling expectations coming into earnings season.