NEW YORK (AP) -- Big merger and acquisition announcements are unable to lift U.S. stock market futures, following drops in world equity and commodities markets.
Chinese economic data showing slower-than-expected growth is the main concern.
Dow Jones industrial average futures are down 43 points at 14,741. Nasdaq 100 futures are off 11 points at 2,835.2. S&P 500 futures are down 7 points at 1,575.
A $25.5 billion offer from Dish Network Corp. for Sprint Nextel Corp. and a deal for Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. to buy Life Technologies Corp. for $13.6 billion failed to spark traders.
In Europe, major indexes are down about 1 percent. Asian stocks also fell.
Earlier, gold fell below $1,400 an ounce for the first time since March 2011. And oil prices hit their lowest level since mid-December.