* Facebook to join S&P 500
* Lululemon shares plunge in premarket after results
* Hilton Worldwide raises over $2.3 bln in record hotel IPO
* Futures down: Dow 34 pts, S&P 2.2 pts, Nasdaq 3.25 pts
NEW YORK, Dec 12 U.S. stock index futures dipped
on Thursday, setting Wall Street up for a third day of losses,
as investors awaited a batch of economic data that may provide
clues on how soon the Federal Reserve will start trimming back
its stimulus efforts.
* U.S. weekly jobless claims numbers for the week ended Dec.
7 and U.S. retail sales data for November will both be released
at 8:30 a.m. EST (1330 GMT).
* U.S. stocks posted their largest drop in a month Wednesday
as traders took profit after a provisional budget deal out of
Washington removed one of the near-term reasons for the Fed to
keep up its current pace of economic stimulus. The central
bank's massive bond-buying program has helped prop up the equity
market for much of the year.
* Standard & Poor's said late Wednesday Facebook Inc
will join its S&P 500 benchmark index after the close of trading
on Dec. 20, cementing the social media network's rise into one
of the biggest, most powerful U.S. companies. The stock rose
nearly 4 percent in premarket trading.
* Shares of Lululemon Athletica Inc fell 12.2
percent in premarket trading after the company gave a
* Hotel operator Hilton Worldwide Inc raised
$2.34 billion in its IPO on Wednesday, returning to the public
markets some six years after Blackstone Group LP took it
private in one of the largest deals of the leveraged buyout
* S&P 500 futures fell 2.2 points and were below fair
value, a formula that evaluates pricing by taking into account
interest rates, dividends and time to expiration on the
contract. Dow Jones industrial average futures fell 34
points and Nasdaq 100 futures lost 3.25 points.
* Worries over the possibility of the U.S. Federal Reserve
reducing its stimulus efforts sooner than expected weighed on
global equities, including European shares which slipped to a
two-month low on Thursday.
* Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Thursday lost its bid to ban
sales of Apple Inc's older iPhone and iPad in South
Korea after a court dismissed a lawsuit claiming the U.S. firm
had infringed on three of Samsung's mobile patents.