GLOBAL MARKETS-Global equities rise on strong earnings, oil gains

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Global equities rise on strong earnings, oil gains
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* MSCI's all-country world index gains 0.5%

* Silver rebounds, Brent crude prices at 11-month high

By Herbert Lash

NEW YORK, Feb 3 (Reuters) - Global equities rose on Wednesday, lifted by strong results from Alphabet Inc and upbeat earnings in Europe, while oil prices advanced almost 2% to their highest in nearly a year after data showed U.S. crude stockpiles fell to their lowest since March.

Silver rebounded after retreating from a near eight-year peak reached with the help of a social media-inspired buying frenzy. Silver XAG= rose 0.92% to $26.86 an ounce on hopes further government stimulus would help boost industrial demand. GOL/

Videogame retailer GameStop Corp (NYSE: GME ) GME.N rose 2.68% to $92.41, clawing back a little ground after plunging from a peak of $483 last week. retail investors' push-back on the shorting by hedge funds of GameStop and other stocks has caused investors to reposition their portfolios, said Tim Ghriskey, chief investment strategist at Inverness Counsel in New York.

"There was a lot of selling last week and then a lot of buying since then," Ghriskey said. "We are in earnings season and that means volatility in individual securities, both on the positive side and negative side," he said.

But hopes of more U.S. stimulus and a stronger growth outlook has led to an upward revision of corporate earnings. The earnings growth rate for the fourth quarter has increased by 11.3 percentage points since Jan. 1, data from Refinitiv shows.

MSCI's benchmark for global equity markets .MIWD00000PUS rose 0.33% to 663.15, less than 1 percentage points from an all-time high hit two weeks ago, while Europe's broad FTSEurofirst 300 index .FTEU3 rose 0.31% for a third straight day of gains.

On Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI rose 0.12%, the S&P 500 .SPX gained 0.10% and the Nasdaq Composite .IXIC dropped 0.02%.

Alphabet GOOGL.O , parent of Google, rose 7.28% to $2,058.88 following strong quarterly results from lockdowns that drove advertisers online and helped push the communication services index .SPLRCL to an all-time high. Nordisk NOVOb.CO , Siemens AG SIEGn.DE and Publicis Groupe SA PUBP.PA rose after upbeat results in Europe. Daimler DAIGn.DE was the top boost to the pan-European STOXX 600 index .STOXX after unveiling plans to spin-off its trucks business.

Germany's DAX .GDAXI index rose 0.7% to hit its highest in two weeks.

The prospect of Mario Draghi, the former European Central Bank chief, becoming prime minister in Italy added to the cheer in Europe.

The dollar's rebound slowed, with the euro and Japanese yen holding near widely watched levels as foreign exchange markets looked for clues to their next move, possibly from the U.S. jobs report on Friday.

The euro EUR=EBS hovered just above a two-month low of $1.20 as the yen JPY=D3 spent a second day trading near 105.

The dollar index =USD rose 0.035%, with the euro EUR= down 0.09% to $1.2031.

The Japanese yen JPY= weakened 0.03% versus the greenback at 105.02 per dollar.

U.S. crude oil stockpiles USOILC=ECI fell last week to 475.7 million barrels, the Energy Information Administration said, their lowest since March. Refiner utilization rates USOIRU=ECI , meanwhile, rose by 0.6 percentage points. crude futures LCOc1 rose $1.00 to settle at $58.46 a barrel, while U.S. crude futures CLc1 settled up 93 cents at $55.69 a barrel.

U.S. gold futures GCv1 settled up 0.1% at $1,835.10 an ounce.

The 10-year U.S. Treasury US10YT=RR note rose about 3 basis points to 1.134%.

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