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Global Markets Update: Banks Lead European Shares Up

Friday, 13 Jan 2012 | 5:10 AM ET

In the US stock index futures are broadly flat but Dow futures are up about 15 points on optimism about a solution to the euro zone debt crisis. In Europe, banks lead shares higher ahead of an Italian bond auction. Yields are down across the board after two successful auctions of Spanish and Italian debt on Thursday. Asian markets were mostly higher as a result of Thursday's successful European debt auctions.