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Global Markets Update: European Shares Rise on Strong Corporate Results

Friday, 24 Feb 2012 | 6:10 AM ET

U.S. stock futures pointed to a slightly higher open for Wall Street on Friday, with analysts expecting January's data for new home sales to show a rise. European shares were up on strong company results and expectation that the European Central Bank will lend a vast amount to banks at next week's three-year refinancing operation.