Global Markets Update: Europe Stocks Rise

6:10 AM ET Fri, 17 Feb 2012

European stocks were higher as hopes that an agreement on a debt swap for Greece to help it cut its huge debt increased. Expectations of a resolution for Greece, coupled with better-than-expected data from the US on Thursday, pushed up Asian stocks. In the US, futures indicated a broadly flat open for Wall Street, after German chancellor Angela Merkel canceled a trip to Italy because German President Christian Wulff announced his resignation after state prosecutors asked parliament to remove his legal immunity over accusations that he accepted favors. Wulff said his actions had always been fair.