Stock index futures pointed to a lower open on Wall Street on Friday as disappointing earnings from consumer bellwethers Apple Inc
Futures for the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones were down 0.8 percent, while contracts on the Nasdaq 100 fell 0.7 percent at 4.27 a.m. EDT.
European equity markets fell on Friday, weighed down by a fresh batch of gloomy corporate outlooks as demand for everything from cars to building materials is crimped by the euro zone economic crisis.
Japan's Nikkei share average was knocked off a four-week high on concern that Chinese funds face heavy redemptions after a poor quarterly performance, and as disappointing earnings from Fanuc Ltd <6954.T> dragged.
Goodyear Tire & Rubber, the largest U.S. tire manufacturer, is expected to report on Friday lower earnings per share of $0.59 due to weakness in Europe. Weak demand and rising raw material costs have hurt Goodyear in recent quarters.
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The U.S. Commerce Department releases its first estimate of third-quarter gross domestic product at 1230 GMT. Analysts expect a 1.9 percent advance, faster than the 1.3 percent clocked in the second quarter but not fast enough to quickly bring down the unemployment rate.
Thomson Reuters and the University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers release their final October consumer sentiment index at 1255 GMT. Economists in a Reuters survey expect a reading of 83.0 compared with 83.1 in the preliminary October report.
Insurer Coventry Health Care, which is in the process of selling itself to larger Aetna, is expected to report lower quarterly profits of $0.73 per share due in part to continued pressure on government reimbursements.
The U.S.'s No.2 drugmaker Merck, hit by competition for its Singulair asthma drug, is expected to report lower sales and earnings. But the magnitude of the decline is expected to be largely buffered by gangbuster sales growth of the company's Januvia asthma drug, vaccines and treatments for HIV.
The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> rose 26.34 points, or 0.20 percent, to 13,103.68 on Thursday. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> gained 4.22 points, or 0.30 percent, to finish at 1,412.97. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> advanced 4.42 points, or 0.15 percent, to end at 2,986.12.
(Reporting By Francesco Canepa; Editing by John Stonestreet)