LONDON, Oct 15 (Reuters) - * U.S. stock index futures
pointed to a higher open on Wall Street on Monday, mirroring
gains in Europe. Futures for the S&P 500, the Dow Jones
and the Nasdaq 100 were up 0.3 to 0.7 percent.
* European shares rose 0.5 percent in early trade,
reversing the previous session's dip, as hopes Spain will
request a bailout eclipsed investors' worries about the
corporate earnings season.
* Spain could ask for financial aid from the euro zone next
month and if it does the request would likely be dealt with
alongside a revised loan programme for Greece and a bailout for
Cyprus in one big package, euro zone officials said.
* The U.S. Commerce Department releases retail sales figures
for September at 1230 GMT. Economists expect a 0.8 percent rise,
compared with a 0.9 percent increase in August.
* Amazon.com Inc, the world's largest Internet
retailer, is in advanced talks to buy the mobile chip business
of Texas Instruments, Israeli financial newspaper
Calcalist reported on Monday.
* New York Federal Reserve releases its Empire State
Manufacturing Survey for October at 1230 GMT. Economists expect
a reading of -4.55, compared with -10.41 in September.
* Citigroup Inc announces results on Monday after
earnings reports from JPMorgan Chase & Co and Wells
Fargo & Co sparked concern about shrinking profit
margins for big lenders despite both reporting
stronger-than-expected profits. That led U.S. stocks to wrap up
their worst week in four months on Friday.
* The Commerce Department issues Business Inventories
figures for August at 1400 GMT. Economists expect a rise of 0.5
percent, versus a 0.8 percent gain in the prior month.
* Shares in Italy's Fiat Industrial fell 0.7 percent
on Monday after its U.S. unit CNH said it rejected the
terms of a proposed merger between the two companies.
* Sales growth in the global luxury market will slow this
year to 5 percent from 13 percent in 2011 at constant exchange
rates as Chinese customers rein in their spending and concerns
about the global economy take their toll, a study by Bain & Co
together with Italian luxury goods trade body Altagamma said.
* Benign inflation in September showed China has scope to
ease policy even as evidence mounts that earlier pro-growth
measures are gaining traction, reducing the pressure on
policymakers to act as a once-a-decade leadership transition
* The Dow Jones industrial average edged up 2.46
points, or 0.02 percent, to 13,328.85 at the close. But the S&P
500 fell 4.25 points, or 0.30 percent, to finish at
1,428.59. The Nasdaq Composite dipped 5.30 points, or
0.17 percent, to 3,044.11.