US STOCKS-Futures imply lower open on Greece concerns, China data

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By Ryan Vlastelica

NEW YORK, March 10 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures pointed to a lower open on Tuesday, pressured by weaker-than-expected data out of China as well as ongoing concerns about debt talks with Greece.

Concern also came from a report that the Basel Committee may ask banks to boost capital as a sufficient cushion in case of spikes in interest rates.

Rate policy has been a primary driver of equities. On Friday, the S&P 500 suffered its biggest one-day decline in almost two months after a stronger-than-expected jobs report was seen as goading the Federal Reserve into speeding up its timeframe for raising rates.

Euro zone ministers agreed that technical talks between finance experts from Athens and its international creditors would start on Wednesday, with the aim of unlocking further funding. However, the ministers warned Greece that it had "no time to lose."

Greece's debt issues have been on the back burner of late for U.S. investors, who continue to watch the region with caution. While the United States has little direct exposure to the country, there are concerns that extended uncertainty could spread throughout the euro zone.   Continuación...