Stock index futures fell on Monday on persistent concerns over a possible monetary tightening in China, which could slow the global recovery from recession.
Investors will also focus on New York manufacturing and U.S. industry output data, due before the market open.
We're concerned again about the China demand story as they try to balance their growth trajectory with a battle with inflation, said Art Hogan, chief market analyst at Jefferies & Co in Boston.
S&P 500 futures fell 3.1 points and were below fair value, a formula that evaluates pricing by taking into account interest rates, dividends and time to expiration on the contract. Dow Jones industrial average futures dropped 22 points and Nasdaq 100 futures lost 4.5 points.
Shanghai's key stock index fell 1.2 percent to its lowest close in five weeks on Monday, as investors expect China's central bank to step up tightening measures in the wake of higher-than-expected inflation data released last week.
In the United States, bank shares will be in the spotlight as Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd said he will unveil a revised financial regulation proposal on Monday.
Key Republicans said in a letter obtained by Reuters on Saturday that a financial regulation reform bill could still be worked out in the U.S. Senate, despite a recent breakdown in negotiations.
Euro zone finance ministers were likely to agree on principles for financial help for Greece on Monday, an EU source said.
But analysts said an aid package for Greece would not be enough to ease overall sovereign debt concerns within the euro zone. That helped the U.S. dollar rise, as did the fall in Chinese stocks.
Also weighing on the market was caution ahead of the Tuesday start of a monetary policy meeting of the Federal Reserve, which is expected to hold interest rates near zero and reiterate the need for an extended period of exceptionally low rates.
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Mixed consumer and retail data kept U.S. stocks near break even on Friday, but major indexes edged higher for a second straight week.
(Editing by Padraic Cassidy)