European stocks rise as investors assess outlook

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European stocks climbed for the first time in three days and U.S. index futures pointed to gains 

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The Stoxx Europe 600 Index advanced 0.6% as of 8:09 a.m. London time, with banks and miners among the biggest gainers. 

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Futures on the S&P 500 Index climbed 0.5%. The pound rallied as much as 1% against the dollar, paring its decline this week to below 2%.

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Investors are turning their attention to corporate earnings and monetary policy after a volatile start to the week. 

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European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde said Wednesday the bank will increase its pandemic-fighting asset purchases if needed, 

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While Fed Chair Jerome Powell signaled no change to the U.S. central bank’s easy-money stance.

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 S&P 500 companies are on track to report their biggest drop in quarterly earnings since 2016.

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These are some key events scheduled for Thursday

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Earnings reports are due from Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs Group, United Rentals, BlackRock, and American Express.

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The European Union’s statistics agency is set to publish inflation data for September.

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