Stock index futures pointed to a higher start for Wall Street on Wednesday, ahead of GDP data.
At 0902 GMT, futures for the Dow Jones, S&P 500 and Nasdaq were up between 0.6 and 0.7 percent.
* The FTSEurofirst 300 <.FTEU3> index of top European shares was up 0.5 percent at 805.38 points, with Banco Santander
* The release of advance first-quarter U.S. GDP data may indicate whether there are any green shoots on the horizon. The economy is expected to have shrunk at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.9 percent in the first quarter, after contracting 6.3 percent in the fourth quarter of 2008.
* Economists expect the Federal Reserve to hold its target range for its benchmark funds rate steady at zero to 0.25 percent, as it has since December.
* Bank of America
* Goodyear, Starbucks
* Shares in E*Trade Financial Corp
* Computer server maker SunMicrosystems Inc
* Chrysler LLC's
* North Korea on Wednesday threatened to conduct a nuclear test and also to test an intercontinental ballistic missile unless the U.N. Security Council apologizes for imposing sanctions against it.
* U.S. shares closed marginally lower on Tuesday, as investors worried about the effect of swine flu and reports that some major banks need to raise more capital.
(Reporting by Brian Gorman; Editing by Greg Mahlich)