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Europe Markets: Pops for Volvo, Roche help propel European stocks higher

Stocks across Europe bounced higher Wednesday, with a round of better-than-expected corporate earnings reports kicking off trading in February.

The Stoxx Europe 600 index SXXP, +1.02% rose 0.9% to 363.34, with all sectors trading higher, led by the industrial, telecom FXK, +0.67% and utilities SX6P, +0.69% groups. The pan-European index on Tuesday fell 0.7%. It ended January down by 0.4% after rising in the two previous months.

Movers: European equity investors had plenty of corporate reports to sift through on Wednesday. Topping the Stoxx 600, Volvo SE shares VOLVB, +6.26%VLVLY, +0.05% charged up 6.4%.

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