) -- U.S. stock futures suggested Wall Street would open higher Friday and European shares gained on the hope that Greece would at last secure a second round of bailout aid.

A meeting of European finance ministers and Greece's private creditors is set for Monday.

Asian shares finished Friday with gains. Tokyo's benchmark Nikkei 225 index rose 1.6% to 9,384.17. Seoul's Kospi gained 1.3% and Hong Kong's Hang Seng rose 1%.

In the U.S. on Thursday,

stocks finished higher

on a set of strong domestic economic headlines.


Dow Jones Industrial Average

gained 123.1 points, or 1%, to end at 12,904. The

S&P 500

rose 14.8 points, or 1.1%, to 1358. The


added 44 points, or 1.5%, to end at 2960.

The economic calendar in the U.S. on Friday includes the consumer price index for January at 8:30 a.m. EST. Economists are calling for an increase of 0.3% with the core number rising 0.1%. Also to be released Friday are the leading indicators for January at 10 a.m.

Campbell Soup

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H.J. Heinz


report earnings on Friday.

Lehman Brothers

and its creditors want to subpoena Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to question him under oath over allegations

JPMorgan Chase

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illegally siphoned billions of dollars from Lehman before the investment bank filed for the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history,

The Wall Street Journal


Lehman's official committee of unsecured creditors, in a filing, said Geithner has so far refused to comply with an Aug. 9, 2011, subpoena, and it wants a court to force Geithner to give a deposition by a March 16 deadline, the newspaper reported.

Germany's President Christian Wulff quit Friday in a scandal over favors he allegedly received before becoming head of state.

Chancellor Angela Merkel said she will seek an agreement with Germany's main opposition parties -- the Social Democrats and Greens -- on a new president. Wulff is stepping down after less than two years in the job.

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