Global stock markets were higher Thursday as remarks by a European Central Bank board member eased worries about the new Italian government’s spending plans.
KEEPING SCORE: France’s CAC 40 rose 0.6 percent to 5,488.91 and Germany’s DAX gained 0.3 percent to 12,866.20. Europe opened mostly higher. Britain’s FTSE 100 was unchanged at 7,711.47. On Wall Street, the future for the Standard & Poor’s 500 index was up 0.1 percent and that for the Dow Jones industrial average gained 0.2 percent.