U.S. stock index futures pointed to a slightly higher open for equities on Wall Street on Friday, with futures for the S&P 500, the Dow Jones and the Nasdaq 100 rising 0.1-0.2 percent.
Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers were due at 1455 GMT final February consumer sentiment index. Economists expected a reading of 73.0, compared with 72.5 in the preliminary February report.
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The Commerce Department releases new home sales for January at 1500 GMT. Economists in a Reuters survey forecast a total of 315,000 annualized units, against 307,000 in December.
Economic Cycle Research Institute was set to release its weekly index of economic activity for February 17 at 1530 GMT. In the prior week, the index read 123.5.
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Mexican finance minister Jose Antonio Meade will host a two-day meeting of peers and central bankers from the Group of 20 leading economies at the weekend. The meeting will likely be dominated by discussion of the euro zone debt crisis.
European shares <.FTEU3> rose 0.3 percent on Friday on expectation the European Central Bank will lend a vast amount to banks at next week's three-year refinancing operation and company results will continue to show an improvement in profit.
Germany's economy contracted 0.2 percent in the fourth quarter on sagging exports and private consumption. Analysts said they expected Europe's growth engine to pick up steam again this year.
The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> gained 46.02 points, or 0.4 percent, to 12,984.69. The S&P 500 Index <.INX> rose 5.80 points, or 0.4 percent, to 1,363.46. The Nasdaq Composite <.IXIC> added 23.81 points, or 0.8 percent, to 2,956.98.
(Reporting by Atul Prakash)