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Futures Rise; GDP Growth Revised to 1.6%

Stock futures were pointing higher as second-quarter GDP came in at slightly stronger-than-expected growth of 1.6% and as investors awaited comments from Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke.



) -- Stock futures pointed to a higher open Friday as revised U.S. economic growth in the second quarter was slightly stronger than expected and as


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Investors were also awaiting

Federal Reserve

Chairman Ben Bernanke's comments on the economic outlook.

Futures for the

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were up by 60 points at 10,027 and were 59 points above fair value. Futures for the

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were ahead by 7 points at 1052 and were 7 points above fair value, and


futures were higher by 13 points and were 13 points above fair value.

Stocks weakened Thursday, and the Dow finished below 10,000 for the first time since July 6 as weak regional manufacturing data overshadowed a lower-than-expected decline in initial weekly jobless claims.

The Department of Commerce downwardly revised its gross domestic product estimate for the second quarter to 1.6%, from 2.4%, previously, exceeding expectations for the growth of 1.4% that economists had been expecting, according to

The University of Michigan will give its final read on August consumer sentiment at 9:55 a.m. EDT. According to, Wall Street expects the level to rise to 70, from a previous reading of 69.6.

Perhaps the most anticipated event of Friday's session will come at 10 a.m. with Fed Chairman Bernanke's speech on the economic outlook at the Kansas City Fed's annual symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Investors hope the chairman will address whether he believes the recovery remains intact and what policy tools can be used to bolster the economy.

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Japan's prime minister assured that he would take decisive action when necessary regarding the

strengthening yen and has pressured the Bank of Japan to loosen its monetary policy, according to a

Wall Street Journal



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said fiscal second-quarter earnings rose 19% to $67.7 million, or 53 cents a share. Excluding certain items, the company earned 55 cents, beating the 53-cent average estimate of analysts surveyed by

Late Thursday,

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In commodity markets, crude oil for October delivery was gaining 31 cents, to trade at $73.67 a barrel, and the December gold contract was ahead by $2, trading at $1,239.70 an ounce.

The benchmark 10-year Treasury note was down by 5/32, increasing the yield to 2.497%.

Meanwhile, the dollar was trading largely flat against a basket of currencies.

Overseas, Hong Kong's Hang Seng slipped 0.07%, while Japan's Nikkei gained 1%. The FTSE in London was adding 0.2%, and the DAX in Frankfurt was rising 0.1%.

--Written by Melinda Peer in New York


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