US STOCKS-U.S. futures rise as China stocks rebound
* Futures up: Dow 153 pts, S&P 21.5 pts, Nasdaq 49.5 pts
By Tanya Agrawal
July 9 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures were higher on Thursday after Beijing's efforts to halt a rout in Chinese stocks finally bore fruit and the U.S. Federal Reserve signaled it might hold off on raising interest rates.
* China's securities regulator, in its most drastic step yet to arrest a selloff on Chinese stock markets, banned shareholders with large stakes in listed firms from selling for the next six months.
* About 30 percent has been knocked off the value of Chinese shares since mid-June, and for some global investors the fear that China's market turmoil will destabilize the global financial system is now a bigger risk than the crisis in Greece.
* Fed officials need to see more signs of a strengthening U.S. economy before raising interest rates, according to minutes of the central bank's June policy meeting, at which Greece's debt crisis was cited as a serious concern.
* European markets rose on hopes that Greece might be able to win a last-minute deal that could keep it in the euro zone.
* Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has until midnight to propose spending-cut plans that will convince the euro zone to give Athens a three-year loan to rescue it from bankruptcy.
* U.S. stocks fell sharply on Wednesday as market turmoil in China, a rout in commodity prices, the Greek crisis and a major outage on the New York Stock Exchange spooked investors. Continuación...