PARIS, Aug 13 (Reuters) - * U.S. stock index futures pointed
to a lower open on Wall Street on Monday, with futures for the
S&P 500 down 0.33 percent, Dow Jones down 0.22
percent and Nasdaq 100 down 0.24 percent at 0747 GMT.
* Asian and European shares dipped as investors saw further
evidence of slowing global growth in weak Japanese data, though
the bleak economic outlook kept alive hopes that monetary
authorities will embark on more stimulus measures.
* Following soft Chinese trade figures last week, Japan on
Monday said its economy grew 0.3 percent in April-June from the
first quarter, half as much as expected, and slowing from 1.3
percent growth in January-March as Europe's debt crisis weighed
on export demand and consumer spending began to lose momentum.
* Late on Friday, the president of the San Francisco Federal
Reserve said the Fed should launch a fresh round of bond buying
to lower the U.S. unemployment rate more quickly, fuelling
speculation that the central bank could soon unveil a new round
of quantitative easing.
* Activist investor Nelson Peltz is set to join the board of
Ingersoll-Rand Plc as he pushes to improve shareholder
returns at the diversified manufacturer, the Wall Street Journal
reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
* Swiss private bank Julius Baer said on Monday it
will acquire Bank of America Merrill Lynch's private
bank outside the U.S. for 1.47 billion Swiss francs ($1.5
billion), bumping up its assets by 40 percent.
* Motorola Mobility has told employees it plans to slash 20
percent of its workforce and shut down nearly a third of its
offices worldwide, the New York Times reported.
* The S&P 500 finished slightly higher on Friday to extend a
winning streak to six straight sessions, but activity was light
and gains were slight as the market enters a seasonally slow
period. The Dow and the S&P 500 closed out their fifth straight
week of gains, led once again by expectations for global central
* The S&P 500 added 2.97 points, or 0.21 percent, to
1,405.77 at the close. The Dow Jones industrial average
rose 42.76 points, or 0.32 percent, to 13,207.95 and the Nasdaq
Composite Index advanced 2.22 points, or 0.07 percent,
to close at 3,020.86.