US futures pointed to a higher open on Wall Street, with the NASDAQ 100, S&P 500 and Dow all up around 0.4%. Investors hope the minutes from last month's FOMC meeting, due this afternoon, will signal that more QE is underway.
The austerity measures announced earlier today by Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy also boosted risk appetite.
The Fed had decided at its meeting in June to extend the Operation Twist programme until the end of the year. It also said that the central bank was ready to take up further measures if the US economy deteriorates further. The minutes will provide investors with further insight as to how the Fed intends to stimulate growth and some analysts are speculating that the Fed will introduce further easing measures as early as August.
Meanwhile, investor sentiment also improved after Mariano Rajoy announced Spanish cuts and tax hikes amounting to €65 billion to honour its obligation to reduce the budget deficit.
On the macro front, US trade balance figures for May are due for release at 1.30pm (London time), while wholesale inventories for May are expected at 3pm. The trade deficit in the US is expected to narrow to $48.6 billion from $50.1 billion in April.
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