U.S. stock index futures signal early losses

PARIS, Oct 8 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures pointed toa lower open on Wall Street on Monday, with futures for the S&P500 down 0.43 percent, Dow Jones futures down 0.34percent and Nasdaq 100 futures down 0.47 percent at 0833GMT.

* European shares were down around 1 percent in morningtrade, with oil and gold also retreating as worries over theglobal economic outlook and its impact on the coming corporateearnings season weighed on investor sentiment and eclipsedFriday's surprise drop in U.S. unemployment rate.

* The World Bank cut its estimate for East Asian growthincluding for China, and this has undone some of the positivesentiment that followed Friday's sharp drop in U.S. unemploymentfor September.

* China's top telecoms gear makers should be shut out of theU.S. market as potential Chinese state influence on them poses asecurity threat, the U.S. House of Representatives' IntelligenceCommittee said in a draft of a report to be released on Monday.

* Wal-Mart Stores Inc and American Expresswill hold a conference call on Monday to make a financialservices announcement, the two companies said in a statement onSunday.

* General Motors Co and its China joint ventures sold244,266 v vehicles in the country in September, up 1.7 percentfrom a year earlier, the U.S. automaker said on Monday.

* Trading volumes on Wall Street were expected to be mutedon Monday because of the Columbus Day holiday, with U.S. bondmarkets closed.

* The S&P 500 broke a four-day string of gains, endingslightly lower on Friday as an unexpected drop in the U.S.unemployment rate was overshadowed by concerns about the comingearnings season, which begins with Alcoa next week.

* The Dow Jones industrial average rose 34.79 points,or 0.26 percent, to 13,610.15 at the close. The Standard &Poor's 500 Index dipped just 0.47 of a point, or 0.03percent, to 1,460.93. The Nasdaq Composite Index slipped13.27 points, or 0.42 percent, to end at 3,136.19.

(Reporting by Blaise Robinson/editing by Editing by ChrisPizzey, London MPG Desk, +44 (0)207 542-4441)


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