European stocks were sharply higher Wednesday, helped by
continuing positive sentiment regarding U.S. earnings and more evidence of
merger & acquisition activity. However, a degree of nervousness remains ahead
of comments from Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke.
By 0800 GMT, Stoxx Europe 600 index was up 1.4% to 249.74. London's FTSE 100
index was up 1.4% at 5210, Frankfurt's DAX index rose 1.3% to 6042.12, and
Paris's CAC-40 index was lifted 1.5% to 3520.47.