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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- U.S. stock futures were posting slight gains Friday as investors balanced fears over the fiscal cliff in the U.S. with signs of a recovery in China.
European stocks were trading flat to lower while Asian shares ended Friday's trading session with losses. Japan's Nikkei 225 index fell 0.9% to close at 8,757.60 and the Shanghai Composite Index finished sown 0.1%.
Data released Friday revealed that factory output rose in China in October, investment growth strengthened and inflation eased.
The economic calendar in the U.S. Friday includes export and import prices for October at 8:30 a.m. EST, the initial University of Michigan consumer sentiment reading for November at 9:55 a.m., and wholesale inventories for September at 10 a.m.
U.S. stocks on Thursday closed sharply lower as fresh worries about the eurozone and the fiscal cliff overshadowed upbeat domestic labor market and trade data.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished down more than 121 points, or 0.94%, at 12,811. The index, which is now up 4.96% in 2012, suffered a steep loss on Wednesday, falling more than 2% to close below 13,000 for the first time since early August, following the re-election of Barack Obama as U.S. president.
Kayak shares jumped almost 27% in after-hours trading Thursday to $39.30.