US STOCKS-Futures lower after weak Chinese trade data
* Futures down: Dow 46 pts, S&P 6.25 pts, Nasdaq 11.25 pts
By Abhiram Nandakumar
Nov 9 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures were slightly lower on Monday after weak Chinese trade data for October rekindled concerns about slowing global economic growth.
* Data showed China's October exports fell 6.9 percent, down for a fourth month, while imports slipped 18.8 percent, leaving the country with a record high trade surplus of $61.64 billion.
* Global stocks were subdued as they digested data that showed persistent weakness in demand globally. Traders said markets were struggling to find a clear direction and some profit taking was kicking in.
* U.S. stocks have posted higher weekly performances for six weeks in a row. Wall Street closed little changed on Friday, as a rise in financials offset a decline in utilities and other sectors, as Wall Street took a strong U.S. jobs report as evidence the Federal Reserve will soon raise interest rates.
* Traders are now expecting a 70 percent chance that the Fed will raise rates off near-zero levels in December, according to CME GRoup's FedWatch.
* With quarterly earnings season nearly wrapped up, investors will parse economic data for a picture of the state of the U.S. economy ahead of the Fed's meeting on Dec. 15-16.
* An increase in interest rates raises borrowing costs for companies, but is good for banks and other financial companies. Continuación...