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Great Quarter, Not

Poor growth in earnings and sales is a warning sign for bond investors

Earnings from the first quarter are almost all in -- and most companies in Europe and the U.S. managed to beat analyst estimates. That's no reason for bond investors to celebrate.

Of the 458 companies in the S&P 500 that have reported, almost 75 percent beat consensus forecasts, according to Bloomberg data. In Europe, more than half of the 343 companies in the Bloomberg Europe 500 Index surpassed expectations.