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US STOCKS-Futures advance after euro zone agreement
December 9, 2011 / 1:15 PM / 6 years ago

US STOCKS-Futures advance after euro zone agreement

* Financials gain in premarket after EU deal

* Texas Instruments falls after revenue warning

* International trade, consumer sentiment data on tap

* Futures up: Dow 106 pts, S&P 8.9 pts, Nasdaq 14.75

By Ryan Vlastelica

NEW YORK, Dec 9 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures rose on Friday after European Union leaders agreed on measures that partially addresses the region’s crippling sovereign debt crisis.

The summit agreed on stricter budget rules for the euro zone but failed to secure changes to the EU treaty among all the member countries. Investors appeared to embrace the deal, with the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares gaining 1 percent in choppy trade.

“There are more positives than negatives in the plan, and that gives a sense that the leaders understand the scale of the problem and know how to deal with it,” said Rick Fier, vice president at Conifer Securities in New York. “This isn’t another example of kicking the can down the road.”

Equities have risen in anticipation of a plan, with the S&P 500 up 6.5 percent since Nov. 25. But Wall Street tumbled on Thursday after the European Central Bank dashed hopes for an even stronger deal. Markets have been volatile, reacting to every headline out of Europe.

Banks, which have been pressured by the uncertainty, rallied in premarket trading. Bank of America Corp rose 1.6 percent to $5.68, while JPMorgan Chase & Co added 1.7 percent to $32.78, and Citigroup Inc rose 2.5 percent to $28.45. The Financial Select Sector SPDR rose 1.8 percent to $13.05 before the bell.

S&P 500 futures were up 8.9 points and above fair value, a formula that evaluates pricing by taking into account interest rates, dividends and time to expiration on the contract. Dow Jones industrial average futures jumped 106 points, and Nasdaq 100 futures added 14.75 point.

Chipmakers will be in focus a day after Texas Instruments Inc cut its revenue outlook for the current quarter, warning of lower demand. Altera Corp also cut its fourth-quarter revenue outlook late Thursday. and

Texas Instruments fell 6 percent to $28.12 in light premarket trading.

The Commerce Department will release October International Trade data at 8:30 a.m. EST (1330 GMT). Economists expect a deficit of $43.5 billion in October versus a September deficit of $43.11 billion.

The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers preliminary December consumer sentiment index will come at 9:55 a.m. EST. (1455 GMT) Economists predicted a reading of 65.5, compared with 64.1 in the final November report.

Wall Street fell sharply on Thursday after the ECB dashed hopes of a financial “bazooka” to contain the crisis. The S&P and Nasdaq each fell about 2 percent, while the Dow was off more than 1 percent.

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