Stock futures climb on economic confidence; GDP on tap

Stock futures advanced on Friday, putting the S&P 500 on track for its biggest weekly climb in two months, as investors appeared confident the economy will grow even as the Federal Reserve scales back its monthly stimulus. * Investors will eye the final reading of gross domestic product at 8:30 a.m. EST (1330 GMT) for confirmation of a growing economy. * Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said that if U.S. jobs gains continue as expected, the bond purchases would likely continue to be cut at a “measured” pace through much of next year and would probably be wound down “late in the year, certainly not by the middle of the year.”


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