Stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Wall Street on Friday, with futures for the S&P 500 up 0.24 percent, Dow Jones futures up 0.37 percent and Nasdaq 100 futures up 0.23 percent at 0927 GMT.

Euro zone leaders agreed on a second rescue package for debt-stricken Greece that risks triggering a temporary default and will give their financial rescue fund broader powers to try to prevent market instability spreading through the region. The news fueled a rally in European stocks on Friday, up 0.8 percent in morning trade, led by recovering banking stocks.

Sales of Microsoft Corp's flagship Windows software disappointed for the third straight quarter, taking t

Sales of Microsoft Corp's flagship Windows software disappointed for the third straight quarter, taking t he gloss off better-than-expected earnings that were aided by an unusual 1819877377 low tax rate.

Advanced Micro Devices Inc forecast that its revenue will rise faster than Wall Street expected and that its margins will increase, helping its shares to a 6 percent after-hours rally.

Biopharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb Co said it would buy privately held Amira Pharmaceuticals for $325 million in cash to expand its drug offerings to patients with fibrotic diseases.

Activist investor Carl Icahn urged Motorola to consider splitting off its patent portfolio to cash in on surging interest in wireless technology from companies like Google Inc and Apple Inc .

The U.S. Justice Department is looking into allegations that News Corp's advertising unit hacked into com puters of a competitor, NBC News reported on Thursday, citing the competitor's lawyer.

Apple Inc is in early talks to join the bidding for Hulu, the online video site that Walt Disney Co , News Corp and its other owners have put up for sale, Bloom 1650815591 cited two unidentified sources as saying.

Toyota Motor's <7203.T> global output is likely to rise to about 7.7 million units for the financial year to next March, up 4 percent from the automaker's earlier forecast, helped by a recovery in its parts supply chain, the Nikkei business daily reported on Friday.

Investors awaited results from companies such as Caterpillar , General Electric , Honeywell International , McDonalds and Verizon .

U.S. stocks climbed on Thursday as signs of progress on the U.S. debt talks and concrete action from Europe on its own debt crisis heartened investors.

The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> gained 152.50 points, or 1.21 percent, to 12,724.41. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> rose 17.96 points, or 1.35 percent, to 1,343.80. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> advanced 20.20 points, or 0.72 percent, to 2,834.43.

(Reporting by Blaise Robinson)