Global Markets Update: European Shares Higher on Optimism Over Euro Debt Crisis

6:10 AM ET Tue, 31 Jan 2012

US stock index futures indicated a strong open for Wall Street today ahead of a slew of earnings and as hopes rose for a deal between Greece and private sector creditors on restructuring some of the country's debt. European shares are also higher on optimism about Greece, while EU leaders agreed on a stricter budget discipline plan to prevent further debt build up in the region.