US STOCKS-Futures fall as earnings season looms; Fed minutes eyed
* Futures down: Dow 0.34 pts, S&P 6.75 pts, Nasdaq 15.75 pts
By Abhiram Nandakumar
Oct 8 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures fell on Thursday as investors fret over fresh data indicating slowing global growth as the earnings season gathers steam and ahead of the minutes of the Federal Reserve's September meeting.
* A six-day rally in global stocks was checked on Thursday as weak trade from Germany and factory data out of Japan fed worries about slowing growth, a key reason the Fed did not raise interest rates in September.
* Investors will scrutinize the minutes of that meeting for clues for the Fed's view on economic outlook and on when they could raise rates. The data is due at 2:00 p.m. ET (1800 GMT).
* Investors will also keep an eye on corporate reports for signs of any fallout from slowing global demand. Alcoa will report after the close, officially kicking off the earnings season. Alcoa's shares were down 0.64 percent at $10.87 premarket.
* S&P 500 companies are now expected to report a 4.4 percent fall in third-quarter profit, the biggest decline in six years, according to Thomson Reuters data.
* U.S. stocks closed higher on Wednesday, with the S&P 500 touching it highest in three weeks, as healthcare and biotechs rebounded from a selloff the day earlier.
* U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton plans to unveil a plan on Thursday to curb what she has called the "abuses of Wall Street". Continuación...