Global Markets Update: European Stocks Follow Asia Higher at the Open

5:10 AM ET Mon, 13 Feb 2012

US futures point to a higher open for Wall Street. Banking shares led European stocks higher early on Monday after the Greek parliament approved measures needed to secure an international bailout and avoid a chaotic default that would dent market confidence in the euro zone. Asian shares also gained though most of the recent optimism appeared to have been already priced in.