Stock index futures around the world surged as the United States Department of Commerce reported that in the third quarter of 2010, real gross domestic product rose at an annualized rate of 2 percent.
That's up from a 1.7 percent rate of increase in GDP in the second quarter, a sign that the economy is recovering, if somewhat slowly.
It was enough to boost stock index futures globally, though, along with solid earnings figures.
Dow Jones Industrial Average index futures were up 26 points to 11,075 at 10:28 a.m. EST, while S&P 500 index futures rose 1.7 points to 1,181. Nasdaq 100 index futures gained 9.25 points to 2,135.
South of the border, Mexican Bolsa de Valores index futures climbed 101 points to 35,510 and Brazilian Bovespa index futures jumped 259 points to 71,535 on a major oil discovery in the Libra field.
Nikkei 225 index futures rose 10 points 9,200 at 10:19 a.m. EST, while in Singapore, SPI 200 index futures gained 13 points to 4,660.
In Europe, notable increases were seen in Spain's IBEX 35 index futures, which rose 129.5 points to 10,780.
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