LONDON (AP) _ Technology and telecommunications led European stocks higher Wednesday.

The Dow Jones Stoxx Index of shares in European companies climbed 2.4 percent to 343.41 points.

The Dow Jones Euro Stoxx Index, which tracks companies in countries that joined the single currency, was 2.1 percent higher at 353.01 points. The Dow Jones Euro Stoxx 50 Index was 1.9 percent up at 4784.90 points and the Dow Jones Stoxx 50 Index was 2.6 percent stronger at 4555.3 points.

After the close of trading in the United States on Tuesday, Juniper Networks and Intel reported positive earnings. Juniper exceeded expectations, while Intel met expectations.

European peers were spurred on by the results, leading the Dow Jones Stoxx telecommunications sector to rise 4.2 percent, and the technology sector to rise 5.8 percent.

On domestic markets, London's FTSE-100 Share Index closed 114.1 points, or 1.9 percent, higher at 6,197.40.

London's best performer was PowerGen after it announced that it was in talks with Germany's E.On. PowerGen finished 15 percent higher, while E.On was down 5 percent.

Frankfurt's Xetra DAX Index was 2 percent higher, led by technology and telecommunications firms. Deutsche Telekom was 4 percent higher, SAP was 7 percent higher and Infineon was up 5.5 percent. Deutsche Bank was 5 percent higher.

The Paris CAC-40 Index closed 2.1 percent higher. French telecommunications and technology stocks also performed strongly. Alcatel closed 3 percent up, CAP Gemini was up 5.2 percent, France Telecom was 3.6 percent stronger, and STMicroelectronics was up 9.9 percent.

Luxury goods firm LVMH finished 5.5 percent higher after announcing a deal Tuesday with De Beers to market branded diamonds.