- U.S. stock index futures advanced as investors await reports on personal spending and weekly jobless claims.
- Asian markets rallied Thursday after a sharp downward revision of US GDP rekindled hopes that the US Fed might stretch its asset-purchase program.
- Asian markets fell again on Tuesday, led by a record fall in the Shanghai stock index, as concerns grew over liquidity in China’s banking sector.
- Gold futures fell for the third straight session while Asians markets mostly declined on Wednesday ahead of the Federal Reserve's FOMC meeting.
- Business sentiment among Asia’s top companies showed improvement in the second quarter despite weak global prospects, a report showed.
- U.S. stock index futures gain as markets await reports on inflation and housing starts.
- Mexico's energy sector -- closed to competition for 80 years -- could open up to private investment if President Enrique Pena Nieto has his way.
- Investors also had an ear for a hint of the U.S. Federal Reserve's likely monetary policy stance at its meeting Wednesday.
- Brazil's IPO market is set for a record haul with companies tipped to raise $10.6 billion in public offerings despite weak economic growth.