Stock index futures pointed to a mixed open for equities on Wall Street on Monday, with futures for the S&P 500 down 0.1 percent, for the Dow Jones up 0.1 percent and for the Nasdaq 100 up 0.1 percent.
The unofficial start of corporate earnings season kicks off on Monday when Alcoa
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co
The Conference Board releases its employment trend index for December at 1500 GMT. In the previous report, the index read 103.7.
The Federal Reserve issues consumer credit data at 2000 GMT. Economists forecast consumer credit will rise $7 billion versus a $7.65 billion increase in October.
The Federal Reserve has launched a potentially controversial push to revive the battered U.S. housing market, calling on other government officials to act after largely exhausting its own tools to support the fragile economic recovery.
China's banks ratcheted up lending in the last month of 2011 on the back of stronger money supply, reinforcing perceptions that the central bank is gently easing policy to cushion the impact of the global economic slowdown.
Best Buy Co
Analysts and executives at the Detroit auto show expect 2012 U.S. auto sales to grow 4 percent to 9 percent, the third consecutive annual gain. The only reason automakers are not more bullish is the risk that the sovereign debt crisis in Europe may trigger a broader slowdown.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Sunday that his country would not recognize any ruling by a World Bank tribunal in a multibillion-dollar arbitration case with Exxon Mobil Corp
Lions Gate Entertainment Corp
European shares <.FTEU3> fell 0.3 percent in choppy trading on Monday, with heavyweight GlaxoSmithKline
U.S. indexes closed mixed on Friday on worries about higher bond yields in Italy and Spain. The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> dropped 0.45 percent, the S&P 500 Index <.INX> fell 0.25 percent while the Nasdaq Composite <.IXIC> gained 0.16 percent.
Japanese markets were closed on Monday for a national holiday.
(Reporting by Francesco Canepa and Atul Prakash; Editing by Helen Massy-Beresford)