Stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Wall Street on Thursday, with futures for the S&P 500, Dow Jones and Nasdaq 100 all up 0.5 percent at 0936 GMT.
* U.S. final third-quarter GDP will be in the spotlight at 1330 GMT, with economists in a Reuters survey forecasting a 2.0 percent annualized pace of growth, a repeat of the third-quarter second estimate.
* Investors will also watch U.S. weekly jobless claims at 1330 GMT, while the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers will be at 1455 GMT and the U.S. Federal Housing Finance Agency issues Home Price Index for October at 1500 GMT.
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* Airbus is on course to end 2011 with well over 1,600 orders, pushing Boeing
* European Commission antitrust officials were not swayed by Deutsche Boerse
This makes it increasingly likely the exchange operators will have to take their campaign directly to the commissioners.
* The FTSEurofirst 300 index <.FTEU3> rose 1 percent on Thursday in thin trade, with banking stocks featuring among the top performers.
* On Wednesday, the Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> fell 1 percent after results from Oracle
The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> rose 0.03 percent, the Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> gained 0.2 percent and the Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> slid 1 percent.
(Reporting by Joanne Frearson; Editing by Hans-Juergen Peters)