Trump Administration adviser and China expert Michael Pillsbury explains the Hong Kong protesters continued calls for fairness.
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Dow Industrial futures are higher by 0.9 percent, S&P 500 futures gained 0.9 percent and Nasdaq futures are rising by 1.2 percent.
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Asian markets also traded higher. China's Shanghai Composite finished the day 1 percent higher, Hong Kong's Hang Seng closed little changed and Japan's Nikkei closed up 2.1 percent, the highest level in a month.
Easing of tensions in Hong Kong also boosted markets as Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam withdrew an extradition bill that had led to months of violent protests.
In Europe, London's FTSE traded lower by 0.6 percent, the German Dax added 0.9 percent and France's CAC traded up by 0.9 percent.
U.S. stocks rebounded on Wednesday, following Tuesday's selling. The S&P 500 gained 1.1 percent, the Dow Jones Industrials added 0.9 percent and the Nasdaq climbed 1.3 percent.
The economic agenda includes reports on jobless claims and private sector hiring ahead of Friday's release of the August employment report. It is estimated that non-farm payrolls increased by 158,000 last month.