U.S. stock index futures fall; ADP jobs data eyed

* U.S. stock index futures pointed to a lower open on Wall
Street on Wednesday, with futures for the S&P 500 (SPc1: ) down
0.5 percent, Dow Jones (DJc1: ) futures down 0.4 percent and
Nasdaq 100 (NDc1: ) futures down 0.5 percent at 1000 GMT.

* European stocks were down 0.7 percent in morning trade, as
this week’s sharp retreat by commodities prompted investors to
take a breather after an almost 2 percent rise in stocks in the
first two sessions of the year.

* Investors were braced for Portugal’s T-bill auction, at
which the country was expected to pay almost twice as much as it
did in September, keeping it at the forefront of market concerns
over the euro zone debt crisis.

* Economic data on tap on Wednesday includes the ADP
employment report and the ISM non-manufacturing index, both for
December. Economists in a Reuters survey expected 100,000 jobs
were created versus 93,000 jobs created in November.

* Companies expected to report quarterly results include
Family Dollar (FDO.N: ). [RESF/US]

* The dollar held firm on Wednesday, bolstered by further
evidence the U.S. economic recovery was becoming
self-sustaining, though gains against the euro were slowed by
central bank demand for the single currency.

* Time Warner (TWX.N: ), and U.S. private equity funds, KKR
(KKR.N: ) and TPG [TPG.UL], were on a shortlist of potential
buyers of assets belonging to Dogan Yayin (DYHOL.IS: ), Turkey’s
biggest media group, sources familiar with the deal said.

* A federal court in Alabama will centralise at least 1,200
civil lawsuits against Pfizer (PFE.N: ) over its smoking-cessation
drug Chantix, which plaintiffs say can lead to suicide.

* Mosaic Co (MOS.N: ) shares rose 3 percent to $77.27 after
the bell as it posted results.

* Investors abandoned commodity shares on Tuesday, while
fears of lower supermarket profits hit food retailers, sending
the S&P and Nasdaq lower.

* The Dow Jones industrial average (.DJI: ) added 20.43
points, or 0.2 percent, to 11,691.18. The Standard & Poor’s 500
Index (.SPX: ) dipped 1.67 points, or 0.1 percent, to 1,270.20.
The Nasdaq Composite Index (.IXIC: ) was off 10.27 points, or 0.4
percent, to 2,681.25.
(Reporting by Blaise Robinson; Editing by Dan Lalor)

U.S. stock index futures fall; ADP jobs data eyed