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U.S. stocks futures point to losses after N.Y. Ebola news

U.S. stock futures pointed to losses at the Friday open, and Asian shares lost ground in morning trade, with the moves coinciding with reports of a new Ebola case in New York City. Thursday night, roughly 12 hours ahead of the open, futures for the Dow Jones Industrial AverageDJIA, +1.32% suggested a 0.6% loss, while the Nasdaq 100 futures implied a 0.8% drop, and those for the S&P 500 SPX, +1.23% showed a 0.7% decline. Likewise, Asian indexes moved off their early Friday highs, with South Korea's KospiSEU, -0.31% and Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index HSI, -0.36% both showing losses, though those markets were also influenced by local factors. The declines, particularly for the U.S. futures, came shortly after reports that a doctor just back from West Africa had tested positive for the Ebola virus. Of six previous Ebola patients on U.S. soil, five have recovered and one -- who had arrived in the country already carrying the virus -- has died, but the markets remain sensitive to any indication the disease could spread in the country.

By

MICHAEL KITCHEN

ASIA EDITOR