Caspar Rock: Monday markets - the week ahead on 23 April
US earnings expectations are turning cautious. In Asia markets are optimistic, with hopes riding on progress in trade negotiations
Quarterly earnings ahead of lowered forecasts
We are in the midst of earnings season, with more than a quarter of the S&P 500 reporting first quarter results this week. So far, profits have exceeded reduced forecasts, but revenue growth has not been quite as strong.
Chinese data shows modest but broad based pick-up in activity
Equity markets rallied in the week leading up to Easter, supported by the release of encouraging Chinese data.
Oil price rise as US takes tough line on Iran
Oil prices rose after the US ruled out an extension of the waivers that allow oil-importing nations to buy from Iran.
Quiet week for data; Brexit discussions resume
In the UK, parliament returns from its well-deserved holiday to restart Brexit discussions.