US STOCKS-Futures slip as China data fans global growth fears
* Futures down: Dow 95 pts, S&P 12.25 pts, Nasdaq 33.25 pts
By Abhiram Nandakumar
March 8 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures were lower on Tuesday, after weak Chinese data rekindled fears of a global economic slowdown led by the world's second-biggest economy.
* China's February trade performance was far worse than economists had expected, with exports tumbling the most in over six years.
* Global stocks fell after the data. Crude oil and copper prices were down marginally.
* Investors are focusing on data for clues on the state of the global economy and monetary policies of central banks across the world.
* The European Central Bank is expected to announce further stimulus at its meeting later this week.
* In contrast, the U.S. Federal Reserve is looking to raise interest rates this year as a raft of data suggested the economic recovery in the United States was gaining momentum.
* The S&P 500 and the Dow Jones industrial average closed higher on Monday, helped by a surge in energy shares, while the Nasdaq was dragged down by declines in technology stocks. Continuación...