>> The cast of Dog Years rings the closing bell on Wall Street in an earnings season which is showing some bite. 77% of S&P 500 firms reporting their first quarter so far beating expectations. That, plus the lift in sentiment on France's election, was a green light for Europe.
Stocks broadly rising as Volvo and AMS beat forecasts, the Austrian chip maker's shares surging 17%. Puma shares were at an all-time high. The German sportswear firm racing, it says, to keep up with demand. And SAP climbed above its record for Monday despite slightly lower than expected core profits.
M&A action boosted French luxury retailers as Christian Dior and LVMH announced a deal to strengthen their ties. But Ericsson fell out of fashion after announcing a $1.4 billion first quarter operating loss. As did Britain's Whitbread, its shares 7% down after the Costa Coffee owner warned consumer confidence in the UK might be losing some of its froth.