Stock index futures pointed to a steady open on Wall Street on Thursday, with futures for the S&P 500 flat, Dow Jones futures up 0.2 percent and Nasdaq 100 futures up 0.1 percent at 0936 GMT.
* European stocks were mostly unchanged in morning trade, while the euro fell to a 10-year low against the yen and its lowest in nearly a year versus the dollar, with investors nervous ahead of an Italian bond sale.
* Fertilizer producer Mosaic Co
* S&P placed Sears Holdings Corp's
* Alibaba Group has hired a Washington lobbying firm in a sign that the Chinese e-commerce company would be willing to make a bid for all of Yahoo Inc
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* On the macro side, investors awaited weekly jobless claims as well as pending home sales for November. Economists in a Reuters survey expect pending home sales to show a 2.4 rise in November compared with a 10.4 percent rise in the previous month.
* U.S. stocks fell more than 1 percent on Wednesday after a hefty year-end rally and the S&P 500 erased gains for the year on renewed concerns about the euro zone's financial health.
* The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> fell 139.94 points, or 1.14 percent, to end at 12,151.41. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> dropped 15.79 points, or 1.25 percent, to 1,249.64. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> lost 35.22 points, or 1.34 percent, to 2,589.98.
(Reporting by Blaise Robinson; Editing by Jon Loades-Carter)