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US stock futures follow world markets higher after Japan’s economy shrinks less than expected

NEW YORK — U.S. stock futures are rising, following Wall Street’s wildest week since the 2008 financial crisis.

Asian and European markets are also up Monday after Japan said its economy shrank at just a 1.3 percent annual rate last quarter. Economists expected the country’s earthquake to lead to a decline of more than twice that.

About two hours ahead of the opening bell, Dow Jones industrial average futures are up 43, or 0.4 percent, to 11,293. S&P 500 futures are up 5.60, or 0.5 percent, to 1,182.40. Nasdaq 100 futures are up 9.50, or 0.4 percent, to 2,187.

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