US STOCKS-China concerns weigh down futures ahead of data

* Sen. Dodd to unveil revised financial regulation proposal
* China stocks hit 5-week low on tightening woes, USD rises
* Futures down: Dow 40 pts; S&P 4.3 pts; Nasdaq 7.25 pts

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NEW YORK, March 15 (BestGrowthStock) – U.S. stock index futures fell on Monday on
persistent concerns over a possible monetary tightening in China, which could
slow the global recovery from recession.

* Investors will also focus on New York manufacturing and U.S. industry
output data, due before the market open.

* Bank shares will be in the spotlight as U.S. Senate Banking Committee
Chairman Christopher Dodd said he will unveil a revised financial regulation
proposal on Monday. For details see [ID:nN14160836].

* Key Republicans said in a letter obtained by Reuters on Saturday that a
financial regulation reform bill could still be worked out in the U.S. Senate,
despite a recent breakdown in negotiations. [ID:nN13132277]

* China’s key stock index fell 1.2 percent to its lowest close in five
weeks on Monday, as investors expect the central bank to step up tightening
measures in the wake of higher-than-expected inflation data released last

* Euro zone finance ministers were likely to agree on principles for
financial help for Greece on Monday, an EU source said. [ID:nLDE62D08S

* But analysts said a potential financial aid package for Greece would not
be enough to ease overall sovereign debt concerns within the euro zone. That
helped the dollar rise, as did the fall in Chinese stocks.

* S&P 500 futures (SPc2: ) fell 4.3 points and were below fair value, a
formula that evaluates pricing by taking into account interest rates, dividends
and time to expiration on the contract. Dow Jones industrial average futures
(DJc2: ) dropped 40 points and Nasdaq 100 futures (NDc2: ) lost 7.25 points.

* Also weighing on the market was caution ahead of the Tuesday start of a
monetary policy meeting of the Federal Reserve, expected to hold interest rates
near zero and reiterate the need for an “extended period” of “exceptionally
low” rates.

* Bank of America Corp (BAC.N: ), the largest U.S. bank, plans to seek
approval to expand its operations in China, the Wall Street Journal reported on
Sunday, citing people familiar with the situation. [ID:nN14149702]

* Capital One Financial Corp’s (COF.N: ) U.S. credit-card defaults edged
lower in February, in a sign that consumer stress may be easing.

* U.S. fund house T Rowe Price (TROW.O: ) is in advanced talks to buy a stake
in China’s biggest asset manager from Citic Securities Co (600030.SS: ), two
sources with direct knowledge of the deal said on Monday. [ID:nTOE62E03Y]

* Phillips-Van Heusen (PVH.N: ) is close to a deal to buy U.S. fashion brand
Tommy Hilfiger Corp for about 2.2 billion euros ($3 billion), The New York
Times reported on Sunday, citing people briefed on the matter. [ID:nN14163574]

* Mixed consumer and retail data kept U.S. stocks (Read more about the stock market today. ) near break even on
Friday, but major indexes edged higher for a second straight week.

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US STOCKS-China concerns weigh down futures ahead of data