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Upbeat earnings, hopes of more ECB stimulus lift mood in Europe

European shares edged up and the euro hit a one-week low against the dollar on Wednesday, driven by upbeat company earnings results and hopes of corporate bond buying by the European Central Bank. Several sources told Reuters on Tuesday the ECB was considering buying corporate bonds on the secondary market and may make a final decision as soon as December with a view to begin purchases early next year. "The…