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PNC Financial reported better than expected first quarter earnings before the bell on Friday. $PNC saw higher interest income and a rise in non-interest income,  The Bank reported after Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, CitigroupWells Fargo  and JPMorgan

The Chinese economy rose 18.3% yoy in the first quarter, though lower than the market consensus of 19%. China's growth accelerated from 6.5% growth in Q4 . This was the strongest pace of expansion since 1992 (when records were first published)

The EIA reported a less than expected build of +61 Bcf in gas storage last week following extreme cold weather which warmed up faster than many expected leaving production largely unaffected. The focus is on the reopening, LNG and Mexican exports and the summer outlook for the US.

Citigroup reported better than expected Q1 earnings Thursday before the market including a $3.4 bln credit reserve release. $C reported after JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs and Wells Fargo. Citi will operate consumer banking solely from 4 wealth centers: Singapore, Hong Kong, UAE, and London.

Bank of America reported better than expected first quarter earnings before the bell Thursday on surginginvestment banking and trading results coupled with the release of loan-loss reserves.  $BAC followed CitigroupJPMorgan Chase, Wells FargoGoldman Sachs reporting

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