Stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Wall Street on Thursday, with futures for the S&P 500 up 0.3 percent, Dow Jones futures up 0.5 percent and Nasdaq 100 futures up 0.5 percent at 0906 GMT.
* European stocks were up 0.7 percent in morning trade, halting a steep one-week drop, but the gains were seen boosted in part by short covering while negative news on the corporate front, from Credit Agricole's
* On the macro front, investors awaited a flurry of data, including November Producer Price Index as well as industrial production and capacity utilization figures.
* Retailers will be in the spotlight after Swedish fashion group Hennez & Mauritz (H&M)
* China's factory output shrank again in December after new orders fell, the HSBC flash manufacturing purchasing managers' index (PMI) showed, cementing expectations that manufacturers are struggling with waning global demand and tight domestic credit conditions.
* China has further revised up its solar power development target for 2015 by 50 percent from its previous plan, state media reported on Thursday.
* Dynegy Holdings, a unit of energy producer Dynegy Inc
* Aetna Inc
* U.S. stocks fell for a third day and hit their lowest level in two weeks on Wednesday as widespread risk aversion sank commodity prices, sent the euro to an 11-month low against the dollar and drove Italy's borrowing costs to a euro-era high.
* The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> dropped 131.46 points, or 1.10 percent, to 11,823.48. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> fell 13.91 points, or 1.13 percent, to 1,211.82. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> lost 39.96 points, or 1.55 percent, to 2,539.31.
* The S&P 500 <.SPX> fell below its 50-day moving average, signaling a breakdown of its recent trading range between that level and the 200-day moving average at the top end. The move has some analysts expecting further weakness.
(Reporting by Blaise Robinson; Editing by Hans-Juergen Peters)