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NYC Ebola case shakes global markets

U.S. stock index futures are pointing to a lower open on Wall St on Friday after the first Ebola case is confirmed in New York.

A doctor in New York City, identified as Craig Spencer, has tested positive for the Ebola virus after returning from treating patients in Ebola-hit Guinea in West Africa.

The news caused U.S. futures to fall Friday, signalling that Wall Street may give up recent gains. All three major U.S. indices climbed over 1 percent each on Thursday following strong third-quarter results from Caterpillar, 3M and General Motors.

Asian equities were mixed over the latest news on the Ebola case and China, where official data released Friday showed new home prices falling 1.3 percent on year in September, the first annual drop in nearly two years. In Europe, meanwhile, markets traded lower on the Ebola news.

Global equity strategists told CNBC that airline, leisure and pharma stocks could be affected by the news in Friday's trading session.

Speaking at a press conference, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio sought to calm the public, saying officials believe "very few" people had contact with the doctor since his return. He reiterated that Ebola is not an air-borne virus.

Companies reporting earnings Friday, include Ford, UPS, Shire, Procter and Gamble, Moody's, Nasdaq OMX, State Street, Cabot Oil and Gas, Avery Dennison and Delphi Automotive. On the data front, new home sales for September are due at 10a.m. ET.