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Global Markets Update: US and European Shares Rise On Potential Monetary Easing

Thursday, 26 Jan 2012 | 6:10 AM ET

US stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Wall Street today which will add about 0.2 per cent, reaching its highest point since July, after the Federal Reserve indicated on Wednesday that interest rates were likely to remain at near zero until at least 2014. Europe is following a 1 per cent gain for the FTSE Asia-Pacific index, where trading was again thinned by holidays in China, Australia and India, and the FTSE Eurofirst 300 is up 0.8 per cent.