Strong earnings have U.S. futures rising pre-market. Strong earnings from United Health, Black Rock and Johnson & Johnson has helped boost stocks this morning. Markets will have economic data to digest with March industrial production and the April housing market index due out later this morning. European shares are broadly higher, led by the German DAX, after data showed that investor sentiment rose more than expected in April. Asian shares closed higher with Chinese shares leading the region as average new home prices rose faster than expected in March.