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Stock Futures Fall Amid Eurozone Uncertainties


NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Stock futures were trading lower Monday as investors awaited the remaining portion of the fourth-quarter earnings season and factory orders data, and again kept close watch of developments in the eurozone.

European political uncertainties were creeping back in as Spain's opposition Socialist Party urged Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to step down over corruption allegations. In Italy, former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is experiencing mounting popularity, potentially interfering with reforms carried out by the incumbent technocrat government.

Amid the news, the yield on the Spanish 10-year bond soared to its highest level since December at 5.3%. The DAX in Frankfurt was declining 1.61% and the FTSE in London was falling 1.22%.

Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average were falling 81 points, or 98.79 points below fair value, at 13,849. Futures for the S&P 500 were down 8.25 points, or 9.97 points below fair value, at 1498. Futures for the Nasdaq were off 18.25 points, or 19.21 points below fair value, at 2738.

This week, 89 companies in the S&P 500 are expected to report fourth-quarter earnings, according to Thomson Reuters .

The Thomson Reuters report, released Friday evening, said that fourth-quarter 2012 earnings are now expected to grow 3.8% over the fourth quarter a year earlier.

Of the 239 companies in the S&P 500 that have reported earnings to date for fourth quarter, 68% have reported earnings above analyst expectations, according to Thomson Reuters . This is higher than the long-term average of 62% and higher than the average over the past four quarters of 65%.

Sixty-five percent of companies have reported fourth-quarter revenue above analyst expectations. This is higher than the long-term average of 62% and higher than the average over the past four quarters of 50%, according to Thomson Reuters.

Major U.S. stock averages rose more than 1% Friday on the back of robust gains in January as traders focused on upward revisions in the latest payroll report and anticipated continued accommodative policy from the Federal Reserve in light of a lukewarm January jobs release.

The Dow broke 14,000 on Friday for first time since 2007 and logged the longest weekly win streak since the six-week period ended Aug. 17, 2012.

The U.S. economic calendar is comparatively light this week after last week's big data deluge.

The Census Bureau is expected to report at 10 a.m. EST Monday that factory orders rose 2.2% in December after being unchanged in November.

The Nikkei in Japan closed up by 0.62%. Hong Kong's Hang Seng closed down 0.16% on Monday.

Gold for April delivery was falling $4.60 at $1,666 an ounce at the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange, while March crude oil futures were down $1.10 at $96.67 a barrel.