The new CEO's battle to clean up the bank may be doomed from the outset.
But a positive surprise doesn't necessarily mean growth and some companies still to report are in sectors more likely to disappoint.
Waiting for Apple's chief to address the numerous questions on the minds of investors is an exercise in futility.
Will the company fare better with a small number of professional investors who have a different appetite for risk and a longer view than public shareholders?
Or is this the beginning of another upward leg for stocks?
The search giant's profit increased by nearly 7% in the final quarter of 2012, as the company stemmed a slide in ad revenue.
The Internet auction giant's fan club is celebrating solid earnings and its emergence as a viable rival to the all-powerful Amazon.com.
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