U.S. stock index futures pointed to a rebound on Wall Street on Monday, with futures for the S&P 500 up 0.46 percent, Dow Jones futures up 0.26 percent and Nasdaq 100 futures up 0.52 percent at 3.30 a.m. EDT.

Oil prices steadied after hitting a fresh 12-month high above $79 a barrel on Monday, while metal prices also rose.

China's gross domestic product grew more than 7 percent in the first nine months, a senior official from the National Development and Reform Commission said on Monday. Speaking at a news conference, Xiong Bilin said China would have no difficulty reaching the government's full-year GDP growth target of 8 percent.

Google Inc said more than 2 million businesses now use its online office software, and the Web search leader is going global on Monday with an advertising campaign to lure customers away from Microsoft Corp and IBM products.

General Electric Co and Vivendi SA are about $500 million apart in talks over what Vivendi should be paid for its NBC Universal stake, The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.

Japan's Nikkei stock average <.N225> fell 0.2 percent, with exporters such as Kyocera Corp <6971.T> losing ground, while European stocks were up 1 percent in morning trade, with banks such as HSBC leading the gains.

On the earnings front, Apple Inc , BB&T Corp , Gannett Co Inc and Texas Instruments Inc are among companies set to report results on Monday.

U.S. stocks dropped on Friday after disappointing results from General Electric Co and Bank of America Corp demonstrated the road to economic recovery will be bumpy.

The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> fell 67.03 points, or 0.67 percent, to 9,995.91. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> lost 8.88 points, or 0.81 percent, to 1,087.68. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> gave up 16.49 points, or 0.76 percent, at 2,156.80.

(Reporting by Blaise Robinson; Editing by Hans Peters)