World stocks buoyed by US earnings (AP)

A man smokes outside of a private securities company Wednesday Oct. 20, 2010 in Shanghai, China. World stock markets were mostly lower Wednesday as China's surprise interest rate hike raised fears that Chinese growth will slow and weigh down the global economic recovery. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index added 2.1 points, or 0.1 percent, to 3,003.95. (AP Photo)AP – World stocks mostly rose Thursday after another batch of forecast-busting U.S. corporate earnings and modestly better than expected Chinese economic growth figures.

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