Stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Wall Street on Friday, with December futures for the S&P 500 up 0.21 percent, for the Dow Jones up 0.33 percent and for the Nasdaq 100 up 0.21 percent at 0930 GMT.
European shares and the euro clawed back up on Friday and oil also rebounded from a 1-1/2 month low, as investors moved back into markets still feeling the benefits of support measures from central banks.
The Euro STOXX 50 volatility index <.V2TX>, Europe's equivalent of the VIX <.VIX>, tumbled 5 percent to a 6-month low on Friday morning, signaling a sharp drop in investor risk aversion as tensions surrounding the euro zone debt crisis continue to ease.
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The U.S. central bank would be courting disaster if it pursued a so-called nominal growth target that did not take into account the economic damage done by the housing crisis, a senior Federal Reserve official warned on Thursday.
World trade will grow by a mere 2.5 percent this year, dragged down by Europe to less than half of the previous 20-year average, the World Trade Organization said on Friday.
PIMCO'S Bill Gross, who runs the world's largest bond fund, said on Thursday that he does not see the Federal Reserve pulling back from its quantitative easing policies until the U.S. unemployment rate at least drops to 6 percent.
Institutional investors poured money into equity funds in the week ended September 19 as the Federal Reserve launched another stimulus round, but retail investors stayed away from stocks, data from Thomson Reuters Lipper service showed on Thursday.
The Dow industrials ended slightly higher on Thursday while the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq cut most of the day's losses in a sign that investor sentiment remains generally positive despite several weak manufacturing surveys from around the world.
The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> rose 18.97 points, or 0.14 percent, to close at 13,596.93. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> dipped 0.79 of a point, or 0.05 percent, to 1,460.26. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> fell 6.66 points, or 0.21 percent, to close at 3,175.96.
(Reporting by Blaise Robinson)