Stock index futures pointed to a flat to weaker start for Wall Street on Monday, with futures for the S&P 500 down 0.1 percent, while futures for the Dow Jones and the Nasdaq traded flat by 5:18 a.m. EST.
* In a move that shook confidence, ratings agency Standard & Poor's cut Japan's long-term debt rating by one notch to AA minus, saying the government lacked a coherent plan to tackle its mounting debt.
* Equities are likely to get further direction from a flurry of corporate results due on Thursday.
* Microsoft Corp
* Other companies scheduled to release earnings include Proctor & Gamble
* The S&P 500 <.SPX> closed at a 29-month high on Wednesday led by gains in tech and commodity shares.
* The Dow <.DJI> rose above the psychologically important 12,000 level for the first time since June 2008, but ended slightly lower.
* Covidien Plc
* Strong demand for broadband lifted first-half profits at bid target BSkyB
* Sony Corp <6758.T> unveiled a new handheld gaming device, the first to feature 3G wireless connectivity, as it battles with Nintendo's <7974.OS> best-selling DS and tries to fend off competition from smartphones including Apple Inc's
* Drugmakers AstraZeneca
* Potash Corp
* General Electric Co
* Nearly all of Citigroup Inc's
* Banks may shrink credit in order to meet tougher capital requirements, posing a serious threat to the real economy, Domenico Siniscalco, vice president of Morgan Stanley International
* On the macroeconomic front, weekly initial jobless claims, due at 8:30 a.m. EST, are expected to show a slight bump up to 405,000 from 404,000 the week before.
* In Europe, the pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 <.FTEU3> index of top shares rose 0.2 percent. <.EU>
(Reporting by Harpreet Bhal; Editing by David Holmes)