Stocks are set to end the week higher after economic data from around the globe and a number of strong earnings reports made investors more optimistic... MACRO NEWS: The preliminary reading of a Chinese purchasing managers' index for January came in stronger than expected and reached a two year high... Meanwhile, an index of German business confidence also beat economists' expectations and rose for the third straight month in January... Here in the U.S., a flash PMI reading, weekly jobless claims and the index of leading indicators for December were better than expected... COMPANY NEWS: Apple's (AAPL) fall continued, as the company's stock sank after it reported lower than expected Q1 revenue and iPhone sales. The tech company also provided lower than expected Q2 revenue guidance... On the other hand, Netlflix's (NFLX) shares soared after the company reported stronger than expected Q4 results and provided Q1 EPS guidance that also surpassed expectations... IBM (IBM), Google (GOOG), railroad operator CSX (CSX) and energy exploration equipment maker Halliburton (HAL) were among the other companies whose earnings beat expectations.
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