World stocks kicked off August in a strong mood on Monday as results from BNP Paribas
BNP Paribas, France's biggest listed bank, rose 4.3 percent after posting higher-than-expected second-quarter net profit thanks to lower loan provisions and strong retail banking which offset the impact on its business of volatile financial markets.
HSBC said its underlying pre-tax profit rose 30 percent, sending shares more than 4 percent.
Optimism that corporate earnings will maintain the momentum of the global economic recovery even after recent weakness in U.S. data encouraged broad risk taking, pushing world stocks toward last week's 2-1/2 month high.
The earnings season is doing the trick, said Heino Ruland, strategist at Ruland Research in Frankfurt. The results are better than expected.
MSCI world equity index <.MIWD00000PUS> rose 0.8 percent, while the Thomson Reuters global stock index <.TRXFLDGLPU> added two thirds of a percent.
The FTSEurofirst 300 index <.FTEU3> gained 1.4 percent.
Tokyo stocks <.N225> rose 0.3 percent, with shares of Canon <7751.T> jumping nearly 6 percent at one point after the world's No. 1 camera maker reported its best profit in seven quarters.
Emerging stocks <.MSCIEF> rose 1.4 percent to a three-month high.
On Friday, Wall Street wrapped up its best month in a year after the earnings season rounded the final turn with a group of strong results that offset the impact of poor growth figures for the second quarter.
U.S. crude oil gained 0.6 percent to $79.44 a barrel.
The bund futures fell 11 ticks.
The low-yielding dollar <.DXY> fell to a three-month low against a basket of major currencies. The euro was steady at $1.3065. Other higher-yielding, commodity-linked currencies rose broadly.
It's a very typical pattern we see when investor risk appetite is improving, with the yen and the dollar weakening, while the Australian and New Zealand dollars strengthen, said Junya Tanase, chief FX strategist for JPMorgan Chase Bank in Tokyo.
(Additional reporting by Brian Gorman; editing by Patrick Graham)