* Spanish yields ease on German court hopes
* Alcoa tops estimate to begin earnings season
* Futures up: Dow 61 pts, S&P 5.2 pts, Nasdaq 11.25 pts
By Chuck Mikolajczak
NEW YORK, July 10 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures rose on Tuesday, erasing earlier declines, as Spanish bond yields eased on optimism Germany's top court will approve efforts to use rescue funds more flexibly in the euro zone.
* The German Constitutional Court will consider whether Europe's new bailout plan and budget rules are compatible with national law in a process influencing not just how to tackle the euro zone debt crisis, but how much deeper European integration can go.
* Spanish bond yields backed off the 7 percent level, which has forced other countries to seek a bailout, on hopes the plan will be approved as a lengthy delay could once again rattle markets.
* The FTSEurofirst 300 index was up 1.1 percent in a broad rally, putting the index on track for its first gain in the past five sessions.
* Futures were initially lower after data in China showed import growth slowed sharply in June to 6.3 percent, well short of the 12.7 percent increase forecast. Europe is the largest trade partner for China and the data underscored the effect the euro zone debt crisis has had on growth.
* Alcoa Inc kicked off quarterly earnings season with a quarterly revenue and profit that beat Wall Street's expectations even though prices for its aluminum are at nearly two-year lows, and it forecast growing demand in the aerospace and auto sectors. Shares of the aluminum giant rose 0.7 percent to $8.82 in premarket trade.
* S&P 500 futures rose 5.2 points and were above 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 gained 61 points, and Nasdaq 100 futures added 11.25 points.i
* Intel Corp will spend more than $4 billion on up to 15 percent of ASML and bankroll the Dutch company's research into costly next-generation chipmaking technology, a major vote of confidence in the European firm that sent its U.S. shares soaring 6 percent. U.S.-listed shares of ASML jumped 9.7 percent to $53.18 in premarket.
* Asian shares were lower on the China data.