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Global Markets Update: European Shares Higher on Optimism Over Euro Debt Crisis

Tuesday, 31 Jan 2012 | 6:10 AM ET

US stock index futures indicated a strong open for Wall Street today ahead of a slew of earnings and as hopes rose for a deal between Greece and private sector creditors on restructuring some of the country's debt. European shares are also higher on optimism about Greece, while EU leaders agreed on a stricter budget discipline plan to prevent further debt build up in the region.