Feb. 10 - U.S. stock index futures are pointing to a weaker open for equities, and investors gear up for the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan consumer sentiment survey.
Here's your morning call for this Friday concerns over Greek debt plan and Chinese imports sending US stock index futures lower. Dow NASDAQ S&P 500 futures down about half want Prisoner of War. Greek workers are striking against the latest austerity measures which eurozone finance ministers are actually not deep enough to secure another bail out. While China's imports fell 115% to their lowest level since the depths of the financial crisis. Sources telling Reuters exclusively that only Obama's plan to take its Hong Kong unit that. The move would be part of a complex deal to raise cash for Yahoo! instructed not reject Hamas controlled company. Alibaba would buy back at 25% stake in the company from Yahoo! leaving Yahoo! with a 50% share. Sources say Yahoo! gets six billion dollars for. Sale would follow other change that Yahoo! including the departure of chairman -- bought stock and the hiring CEO Scott Thompson. Morgan Stanley bankers take part at least you don't work for Barclays. The British banks as it is capping cash bonuses at its investment banking unit Barclays Capital. At about a 103000. Dollars and that's below about 125000. Dollar cap at Morgan Stanley. Bonuses at unit overall are down a third from the year before CEO Bob Diamond it refusing to comment on his bonus. The bank in the 2011 with -- its worst quarter in three years and it cut its profit forecast. The US House of Representatives is probing one of its most powerful members over insider trading. Representative Spencer Bachus Republican from Alabama is the target of office of congressional ethics. Over allegations he benefited from insider trading based on information -- ball on the job. Investigators are focusing on a number of suspicious trades on its annual financial disclosure form. Stocks to watch today include NYSE Euronext which posted its first quarterly results and it's failed merger with the Deutsche Boerse. It reported -- 13% rise in operating profit which topped forecasts. Is it plans to shift its focus to faster growing areas like supplying computer systems and information from tree. And Linkedin which raises forecast this year after beating estimates for the fourth quarter of last year. -- just -- Reuters IFR markets looking for upbeat report it and consumers' sentiment. It expects Thomson Reuters University of Michigan index to rise to 77. While the consensus forecast of slight decline that report comes out at 955. Figures on international -- -- out at 830. That is your morning call this Friday I'm Fred Katayama and this is Reuters news.