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U.S. Futures

S&P 500: +4.50; 1,373.00
NASDAQ: +6.25; 1,720.00
Dow: +30.00; 12,038.00

International Indexes

Asia
NIKKEI 225: +0.09%; 16,364.76 (+14.74)
HANG SENG: +1.00%; 18,936.55 (+186.86)
S&P/ASX 200: +0.22%; 5,444.10 (+12.10)
BSE SENSEX 30: +0.43%; 13,186.89 (+56.10)

Europe
FTSE 100: +0.77%; 6,195.30 (+47.20)
CAC 40: +0.47%; 5,361.19 (+24.89)
XETRA-DAX: +0.74%; 6,287.11 (+45.96)

Commodity Futures (Reuters/Jefferies CRB)

Oil: -0.37%; $58.92 (-$0.22)
Gold: -0.57%; $625.60 (-$3.60)
Natural Gas: -2.57%; $7.68 (-$0.20)
Silver: -0.71%; $12.545 (-$0.09)

Asian Headlines (via Bloomberg.com)

Aozora Initial Public Offering Raises $3 Billion, Less Than Maximum Sought

Asian Exporters Drop on U.S. Rate Outlook; Sony, Samsung Electronics Fall

Takeda Cuts Profit Forecast After Second-Quarter Earnings Drop 47 Percent

Hedge Funds Lose $500 Million Indonesia Appeal Over Asia Pulp & Paper Debt

Vietnam Plans to Introduce Quality Safeguards on Overseas Coffee Shipments

European Headlines (via Bloomberg.com)

Ahold Seeks Buyers for Foodservice, to Return $2.5 Billion to Investors

Service-Industry Growth in Europe Unexpectedly Slows for a Fourth Month

Ferrovial Will Consider Offers for Its $2.5 Billion Real-Estate Division

KKR, Goldman Agree to Buy Linde's Forklift Truck Unit for $5.1 Billion

E.ON to Proceed With Endesa Offer as Acciona Tries to Hamper the Takeover

U.S. Headlines (via Bloomberg.com)

Four Seasons Gets $3.7 Billion Buyout Bid From Alwaleed, Cascade, Sharp

Abbott Will Buy Kos, Maker of Cholesterol Drug Niaspan, for $3.7 Billion

U.S. Stock-Index Futures Rise; Coca-Cola, Caterpillar, AIG Climb in Europe

Bonus Payments at Top Five Wall Street Firms Surge to Record $36 Billion

`Pivotal' Election May Weaken Bush, Force Democrats to Specify Policies

Source: Markets Brace For Bullish Start