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By Peter Nurse – European stock markets traded higher Wednesday, continuing to rebound after the weak start to the week with earnings season continuing in strong style.

At 4:15 AM ET (0815 GMT), the in Germany traded 0.6% higher, the in France rose 1.3% and the U.K.’s climbed 1.6%.

Global stock indices have stabilized after Monday’s sharp losses on fears the recent surge of Covid-19 cases will derail the global economic recovery. While the uncertainty caused by the increase of infections, caused mainly by the highly-transmissible delta variant, remains, investors have been buoyed by a mainly positive quarterly earnings season.

Next (LON:) stock soared almost 9% after the British fashion retailer smashed its sales expectations, with a rise of 19% in sales in the last 11 weeks compared with two years ago, and raised its profit guidance.

Novartis (DE:) stock rose 2% after the Swiss drugmaker beat expectations for its more...