NEW YORK, Aug 18 (Source: Reuters) – U.S. stock index futures pointed to a sharply lower open on Thursday as a report that regulators were intensifying their review of European banks’ U.S. units shook up investors.Concerned the European debt crisis might spread to the U.S. banking sector, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York has asked for more information about whether the banks have reliable access to funds needed to operate, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Source: Reuters

Thu Aug 18, 2011 9:02am EDT

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