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GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks rally on strong earnings, oil gains

(Adds oil, gold settlement prices)

* MSCI’s all-country world index gains 0.5%

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

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 rose 0.56% to $26.76 an ounce on hopes further government stimulus would help boost industrial demand.

Videogame retailer GameStop Corp rose 9.80% to $98.82, clawing back a bit of ground after plunging from a peak of $483 last week.

The 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.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has called a meeting of officials that could clamp tougher regulation on hedge funds, small investors and stockbrokers.

MSCI’s benchmark for global equity markets rose 0.5% to 664.3, while Europe’s broad FTSEurofirst 300 index closed up 0.31% at 1,567.25.

On Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.3%, the S&P 500 gained 0.41% and the Nasdaq Composite added 0.4%.

Alphabet, parent of Google, rose 9.80% to $98.82 following strong quarterly results from lockdowns that drove advertisers online and helped push the communication services index to an all-time high.

In Europe, Daimler was the top boost to the pan-European STOXX 600 index after unveiling plans to spin-off its trucks business, rising 8.9%.

Germany’s DAX 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 dollar index rose 0.08%, with the euro down 0.16% to $1.2023.

The Japanese yen weakened 0.07% versus the greenback at 105.04 per dollar.

U.S. crude oil stockpiles fell last week to 475.7 million barrels, the Energy Information Administration said, their lowest since March. Refiner utilization rates , meanwhile, rose by 0.6 percentage points.

Brent crude futures rose $1.00 to settle at $58.46 a barrel, while U.S. crude futures settled up 93 cents at $55.69 a barrel.

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

The 10-year U.S. Treasury note rose about 2 basis points to 1.1288%.

Reporting by Herbert Lash; editing by Barbara Lewis and Richard Chang

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