Wall Street stock index futures pointed to a mixed start for U.S. equities on Friday, with futures for the S&P 500 <.SPc1> trading flat, Dow Jones futures <.DJc1> down 0.1 percent, while Nasdaq futures rose 0.1 percent by 0847 GMT.
* Ratings agency Standard & Poor's warned there was a one-in-two chance it could cut the United States' triple-A rating if a deal on raising the government debt ceiling is not agreed soon.
* President Barack Obama suspended U.S. budget negotiations for the day to give congressional leaders a chance to come up with a plan of action on how to unblock talks meant to cut deficits and avert a debt default.
* U.S. stocks fell on Thursday as Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke backed off hints additional near-term stimulus could be on the way, undercutting comments from a day earlier that spurred a late-session rally in equities.
* Technology shares will be in focus after Google Inc
* The U.S. consumer price index (CPI), due at 1230 GMT, is seen falling 0.1 percent in June after a 0.2 percent rise in May, giving an unchanged annualized inflation rate of 3.6 percent.
* July's Empire State index is also due at 1230 GMT, while the July Reuters/University of Michigan consumer sentiment survey will be released at 1355 GMT.
* Top global miner BHP Billiton
* Taiwan's TSMC <2330.TW> has started trial manufacturing of next generation A6 chips for Apple Inc
* Investigations are progressing into the U.S. operations of News Corp
* Oracle Corp
* In Europe, the FTSEurofirst 300 <.FTEU3> index of top shares was lower in early trade, with banks under pressure ahead of the publication of stress test results which are expected to show around 10 European lenders have insufficient capital to withstand a prolonged recession.
(Reporting by Harpreet Bhal; Editing by David Holmes)