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LONDON, Oct 11 (Reuters) - * U.S. stock index futurespointed to a flat to higher open on Wall Street on Thursday,with futures for the S&P 500 rising 0.2 percent, the DowJones trading flat and the Nasdaq 100 gaining 0.3percent.

* Results from a handful of companies helped pull Europeanshares back into positive territory after a pooropening, offering some support for other markets.

* The U.S. economic recovery continues to be hampered byspillover effects of the European crisis and a downtroddenhousing market, Federal Reserve Vice Chair Janet Yellen said onThursday.

* The Mortgage Bankers Association releases at 1100 GMT itsWeekly Mortgage Market Index for the week ended Oct. 5. Theindex read 1,020.4 and the refinancing index was 5,888.0 in theprevious week.

* China's Lenovo Group edged out Silicon Valleyicon Hewlett-Packard Co to become the world's No. 1 PCmaker in the third quarter, according to data released byresearch house Gartner on Wednesday.

* The Federal Reserve releases Beige Book of regionaleconomic conditions at 1800 GMT.

* Alaska Air Group Inc , parent company of AlaskaAirlines, will order 50 Boeing Co 737 single-aislejetliners on Thursday, the Wall Street Journal reported, citingtwo people familiar with the matter.

* Standard & Poor's on Wednesday cut Spain's sovereigncredit rating to BBB-minus, just above junk territory, citing adeepening economic recession that is limiting the government'spolicy options to arrest the slide.

* Finance ministers and central bankers from around theglobe are in Tokyo for the semi-annual meetings of theInternational Monetary Fund and World Bank, which end on Sunday,Oct. 14.

* International Monetary Fund Managing Director ChristineLagarde on Thursday said struggling European countries such asGreece and Spain should be given more time to reduce theirbudget gaps.

* The S&P 500 fell for a fourth day on Wednesday, weigheddown by disappointing news from Chevron and Alcoa as earningsseason got under way.

* The Dow Jones industrial average fell 128.56points, or 0.95 percent, to end at 13,344.97. The S&P 500dropped 8.92 points, or 0.62 percent, to 1,432.56. The NasdaqComposite lost 13.24 points, or 0.43 percent, to end at3,051.78.

(Reporting by Atul Prakash; editing by Patrick Graham)

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