Stock index futures pointed to a lower open on Friday as commodity prices eased and investors looked ahead to key consumer confidence data.
* U.S. crude oil futures fell nearly 2 percent, helped by a stronger U.S. dollar, after a three-day rally lifted the price over $72 per barrel. Gold prices edged lower in Europe.
* A rally this week in commodity prices helped underpin stock prices, but some investors say much higher prices could hurt an economic recovery by increasing costs to consumers and businesses.
* Commodity prices coming off here will certainly impact the market as it's been commodity prices that have basically helped pushed the market toward these new 12-month highs, said Paul Mendelsohn, chief investment strategist at Windham Financial Services in Charlotte, Vermont. So weakness there would be a potential problem.
* U.S. Treasuries rose Friday, extending the previous session's gains after a solid auction of 30-year bonds soothed worries about demand for the massive debt.
* European stocks were down 0.2 percent, retreating from Thursday's five-month closing high, with influential commodity-related shares falling alongside oil and metal prices.
* S&P 500 futures fell 3.60 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 8 points, while Nasdaq 100 futures were off 1.75 points.
* The Reuters/University of Michigan index of consumer sentiment, due at 9:55 a.m. EDT, will be closely watched as consumers account for two-thirds of economic activity.
* June's reading is forecast to rise to 69.5 from 68.7 in May, a Reuters poll showed, indicating growing consumer confidence.
* Chinese factory output surged in May and improved Japanese output in April fueled hopes on Friday that Asia can lead a global recovery, though a record drop in euro zone industrial production showed much of Europe lagging.
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* U.S. stocks racked up gains across a wide array of sectors on Thursday, aided by rising commodity prices and jobless data that showed improving labor market conditions.
(Writing by Edward Krudy; editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)