Stock index futures were little changed on Friday as the unrest in Egypt kept investors on the sidelines ahead of the key payrolls report.

* U.S. employment probably posted a fourth straight month of gains in January offering more evidence of a broadening economic recovery, though the jobless rate likely rose. The employment report is due at 8:30 a.m. EST.

* The government is expected to report that nonfarm payrolls grew by 145,000, according to a Reuters survey of economists, after adding 103,000 in December.

* Protests continued in Egypt continued as tens of thousands of Egyptians prayed in Cairo's Liberation Square for an immediate end to President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule.

* S&P 500 futures added 0.7 point and were about even with 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 added 12 points, and Nasdaq 100 futures gained 1.25 points.

* Health insurer Aetna Inc forecast 2011 profit well ahead of Wall Street's target on Friday and increased its dividend.

* Bank of America Corp agreed to sell its Balboa insurance portfolio to Australia's QBE Insurance for more than $700 million in the latest asset sale by the U.S. lender.

* Weyerhaeuser Co returned to a profit in the fourth quarter, helped by a 25 percent jump in sales in its cellulose fibers business.

* European shares rose slightly early Friday, led by banks, after a late rally on Wall Street, spurred by optimism about the recovery and hopes that U.S. monetary policy will continue to support equities. <.EU>

* Japan's Nikkei <.N225> gained 1.1 percent, lifted by steelmakers that surged on news of a megamerger in the sector.

(Reporting by Chuck Mikolajczak; editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)