PARIS Jan 2 U.S. stock index futures pointed to
a higher open on Wall Street on Wednesday after lawmakers passed
a bill preventing huge tax hikes and spending cuts that had
threatened to push the economy into recession.
Futures for the S&P 500 were up 1.7 percent, Dow
Jones futures were up 1.2 percent and Nasdaq 100
futures up 1.3 percent at 1103 GMT.
The House of Representatives voted for a bill passed on
Monday by the Senate that will raise taxes on wealthy
individuals and families and preserve certain other benefits
that will, together, soften some of the blow that would have
been sustained without an agreement to avoid the "fiscal cliff."