While you wouldn't know it by recent price action, the current earnings season -- with over a thousand U.S. companies having issued their Q4 results -- thus far ranks among the best since the early 2000s.
70% have bested analysts' earnings estimates, while 73.4% have beaten on the top line:
Not to mention, forward guidance, which is really what we're after, has been historically stellar as well:
Throw in our assessment of macro conditions and you understand our presently sanguine tone...
Charts courtesy of Bespoke Investment Group