LONDON (Reuters) - Stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Wall Street on Friday, with traders citing expectations of a further pick-up in U.S. employment data that may buoy equity markets.
The futures for the S&P 500 rose 0.3 percent, while the Dow Jones futures advanced 0.4 percent and the Nasdaq 100 futures gained 0.3 percent.
The publication of U.S. non-farm payrolls employment data at 1330 GMT will be a key event for many investors on Friday.
Employers are expected to have added 160,000 jobs to their payrolls last month, picking up slightly from January's 157,000 count, according to a Reuters survey of economists.
European shares rose early on Friday with investors anticipating a stronger U.S. jobs reading, while unprecedented central bank monetary policy support kept equities around multi-year highs.
The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index <.FTEU3> rose 0.4 percent, while MSCI's world shares index <.MIWD00000PUS> hit its highest level since June 2008.
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(Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by Catherine Evans)
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