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Global Markets Update: Greece Hopes Boost Stocks

Friday, 17 Feb 2012 | 5:10 AM ET

US stock index futures were indicating a slightly higher open for Wall Street on Friday, just after German President Christian Wulff announced his resignation after state prosecutors asked parliament to remove his legal immunity over accusations that he accepted favors. Wulff said his actions had always been fair. European stocks were higher on hopes that an agreement on a debt swap for Greece was on the way while the same hopes, coupled with the better-than-expected data from the US on Thursday, pushed up Asian stocks.