Here is a round-up of the financial news from around the world.

France's CAC 40 was in focus with a 0.4% advance after a slew of blue chip earnings reports prior to the open.

European stocks traded higher early Thursday amid ongoing caution due to political and economic risks in the region.

Germany's DAX performance index added 0.47% in early dealing, although gains were limited by declines for Commerzbank  (CRZBY) , which fell despite posting stronger-than-expected fourth-quarter earnings.

Overnight in Asia, stocks outside of Japan rose to the highest level in 18 months as optimism over the pace of growth in China and a modestly firmer U.S. dollar boosted commodity prices and underpinned regional benchmarks.

Top-rated government bond yields fell to the lowest levels in nearly a month on Wednesday. Benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury yields traded five basis points lower at 2.34%, a three-week low, following on a 7 basis point decline in 10-year German government bonds, which were marked at a near one-month low of 0.29%.