Stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Wall Street on Thursday, with futures for the S&P 500 up 0.1 percent, Dow Jones futures up 0.2 percent and Nasdaq 100 futures up 0.1 percent at 0840 GMT.
Investors awaited a flurry of corporate results on Thursday from companies such as Coca-Cola
U.S. crude futures rose to their highest in 2-1/2 years and metal prices rallied as the Federal Reserve appeared in no rush to tighten its monetary policy.
The dollar sank to a three-year low against a basket of currencies on Thursday and was at risk of a drop to $1.50 versus the euro, with momentum-driven investors piling in anticipation U.S. interest rates will be low for a long time.
Japan's Nikkei <.N225> added 1.6 percent while European stocks were up 0.2 percent in morning trade, gaining ground for the sixth straight session, boosted by a raft of strong earnings from firms such as Deutsche Bank
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Japanese consumer electronics giant Panasonic Corp <6752.T> said it was planning 35,000 job cuts over three years to March 2013, nearly 10 percent of its workforce, in a bid to pare costs and keep up with Asian rivals.
The Nasdaq jumped to a 10-year high as U.S. stocks rallied on Wednesday after Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke's dovish comments.
The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> gained 95.59 points, or 0.76 percent, to 12,690.96. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> rose 8.42 points, or 0.62 percent, to 1,355.66. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> climbed 22.34 points, or 0.78 percent, to 2,869.88.
(Reporting by Blaise Robinson; Editing by Hans Peters)