Stock index futures pointed to a mixed open on Wall Street on Monday, with futures for the S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 up 0.1 and 0.2 percent respectively by 0856 GMT, while those for Dow Jones were steady.
* The U.S. stock market closed higher on Friday, with the S&P 500 adding 13.18 points, or 0.88 percent, to 1,515.60 <.SPX>, after comments from Fed officials allayed fears that the central bank would curtail stimulus measures.
* Prospects of continued stimulus also lifted Asian and European equity markets on Monday, with the EuroSTOXX 50 benchmark of euro zone blue chips up 0.7 percent <.STOXX50E>. However, uncertainty over the outcome of Italian elections, which close on Monday, kept a lid on the gains.
* With days left before $85 billion is slashed from U.S. government budgets, the White House on Sunday issued more dire warnings about the harm the cuts will do to Americans. But Republicans, who advocate budget cuts, said the warning was overplayed and called on President Barack Obama to apply what is known as the "sequester" in a more careful way, rather than slashing budgets across the board.
* A relatively light calendar features the Chicago Fed's national activity index for February at 1330 GMT, alongside earnings from Autodesk Inc
* Barnes & Noble Inc
* BlackRock Inc.
* Knight Capital Group
* Office Depot Inc
* Dick's Sporting Goods Inc
(Reporting By Toni Vorobyova; Editing by Hugh Lawson)