Bank stocks push Europe higher (AP)

A currency trader smiles in front of a screen showing the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) at the Korea Exchange Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009. The KOSPI on Wednesday jumped 64.58 points, or 5.90 percent, to close 1,157,98. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)AP – Bank stocks pushed European markets higher Wednesday, and Asian markets rallied after U.S. earnings showed companies are still scraping together profits despite the worst recession in decades.

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