European shares climb on vaccine hopes, mixed earnings By Reuters

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(Reuters) – European shares rebounded on Wednesday from losses in the previous session, bolstered by positive updates on a potential COVID-19 vaccine, while investors weighed a mixed bag of quarterly reports at the start of earnings season.

The pan-European STOXX 600 () rose 0.8% by 0720 GMT, with travel & leisure () and miners () leading gains.

Market sentiment got a boost after U.S. biotech firm Moderna Inc’s (O:) experimental vaccine for COVID-19 showed it was safe and provoked immune responses in an ongoing early-stage study.

Hopes were high among investors heading into a EU summit later this week that leaders will agree on a recovery fund of 750 billion euros for pandemic-hammered economies.

Swedish telecom operator Tele2 AB (ST:) jumped 4.1% as it reaffirmed its 2020 earnings outlook and plans for an extra shareholder payout.

Semiconductor equipment maker ASML Holding NV (AS:) slipped 1.3% despite forecasting overall growth for 2020.

British fashion brand Burberry (L:) dropped 5.1% as it warned second-quarter revenue will remain impacted by the pandemic.

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