U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open for Wall Street on Friday, adding to a late rebound in the previous session, with futures for the S&P 500, for the Dow Jones industrial average and for the Nasdaq up 0.5 to 0.7 percent by 5.02 a.m. EST.

* Early losses on the S&P 500 <.SPX>, triggered by deepening concerns that higher oil could stifle economic activity, eased in late-day trading on Thursday as Brent crude prices came off 2-1/2 year highs of $120 a barrel.

* The index is down 2.7 percent for this week, partly on worries that political unrest in oil-rich Libya could spread to major oil-producing countries and result in persistently higher energy prices at the expense of fragile global economic growth.

* Brent crude hovered at around $112 on Friday, with the crisis in Libya continuing to underpin prices.

* The U.N. Security Council was to meet on Friday to discuss a draft proposal for sanctions against Libyan leaders, locked in a bloody battle for survival against a popular uprising.

* In company news, Boeing Co rose 3.4 percent after the bell on Thursday as the firm said it won a $30 billion contract for 179 new U.S. Air Force refueling planes.

* Bailed-out insurer American International Group Inc rose 1.4 percent in extended trade after the firm said it earned $11.2 billion in the fourth quarter on asset sales, though charges to expand its reserves for old asbestos claims pushed its underlying operations into another loss.

* News Corp has kicked off the process to explore the sale or spin-off of its troubled social entertainment site, Myspace, a person familiar with the talks said on Thursday.

* Almost a third of Apple shareholder votes cast were in favor of a proposal to disclose a succession plan for Chief Executive Steve Jobs, underscoring investors' worries over who will replace the visionary leader at the helm.

* Macroeconomic data due on Friday include U.S. fourth-quarter preliminary gross domestic product (GDP) figures at 8.30 a.m., and February's final Reuters/University of Michigan consumer sentiment survey at 9.55 a.m.

* Among the companies scheduled to release earnings results include retailer JC Penny

* In Europe, the pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 <.FTEU3> was up 0.5 percent in early trade, taking a breather after a week-long retreat, though trading in British shares was halted due to technical issues on the London Stock Exchange .

(Reporting by Harpreet Bhal)