Stock index futures rose on Tuesday as investors looked to corporate profits as earnings season picks up and Chinese data fueled the belief the government may move to stimulate growth.
* China's economy grew slightly more than expected but at the weakest pace in 2-1/2 years, suggesting the government may act to increase growth in the near future.
* Corporate earnings are due from Citigroup Inc
* Investors appeared set to shrug off a cut in the credit rating of the euro zone's rescue fund by Standard & Poor's by one notch, apparently relieved the downgrade was not more severe. The move comes after Friday's widely expected downgrade of a number of euro zone countries.
* S&P 500 futures rose 11.7 points and were above 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 climbed 118 points, and Nasdaq 100 futures added 26 points.
* Carnival Corp
* France's EDF SA
* AIA Group Ltd <1299.HK>, Asia's No. 3 insurer that is about one-third owned by American International Group Inc
* European stock indexes broke though key technical levels to hit five-month highs in early Tuesday trade, with miners among the biggest gainers after economic growth data from top metals user China topped forecasts. <.EU>
* Asian shares rose on the Chinese data.
(Reporting By Chuck Mikolajczak; editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)