Stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Wall Street on Wednesday, with futures for the S&P 500 up 1 percent, Dow Jones futures up 0.79 percent and Nasdaq 100 futures up 0.97 percent at 0900 GMT (5 a.m. ET).
Japan's Nikkei average climbed 2 percent while European stocks were up 2.5 percent in early trade, bouncing off 2-year closing lows hit in the previous session, although the rally was seen as a short-term technical bounce.
European equities increased their gains after Germany's Constitutional Court rejected a series of lawsuits aimed at blocking Germany's participation in bailout packages for Greece and other euro zone countries. The country's highest court said, however, that the German government must seek the approval of parliament's budget committee before granting such aid, a requirement which could further slow down Europe's response to the debt crisis.
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President Barack Obama, facing waning confidence among Americans in his economic stewardship, plans some $300 billion in tax cuts and government spending as part of a job-creating package, U.S. media reported on Tuesday. The price tag of the proposed package, to be announced by Obama in a nationally televised speech to Congress on Thursday, would be offset by other cuts that the president would outline, CNN reported, citing Democratic sources.
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U.S. stocks fell for a third day on Tuesday as Europe struggled to convince markets it can tackle its debt crisis, but shares trimmed their losses in the wake of better-than-expected ISM non-manufacturing PMI data.
The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> ended down 0.9 percent, the Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> fell 0.7 percent, and the Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> lost 0.3 percent.
(Reporting by Blaise Robinson; Editing by Hans-Juergen Peters)