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U.S. stock futures climb after solid data, ECB announcement


U.S. stock futures pointed to a positive open on Thursday, as the European Central Bank left its key lending rates unchanged and announced that it plans to end its bond-buying program at the end of the year. A flurry of stronger-than-expected economic data also lent support to futures. What are markets doing? Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average YMU8, +0.30%  rose 84 points to 25,292, while those for the S&P 500 index ESU8, +0.24% rose 9.5 points to 2,788.5. Futures for the Nasdaq-100 index NQU8, +0.30%  rose 28 points, or 0.4%, to 7,259. The upbeat trading action came after declines on Wednesday, when the main benchmarks ended near session lows. Stocks fell after the Fed raised interest