Equity futures turn sharply lower overnight, possibly in reaction to weak manufacturing data out...

|By:, SA News Editor

Equity futures turn sharply lower overnight, possibly in reaction to weak manufacturing data out of China and a mini-crash in Japan that left the Topix -6.9%. Factory activity in China shrunk for the first time in 7 months, reflecting "slower domestic demand and ongoing external headwinds." S&P futures currently -1.1% to 1637.50 after dropping below 1634 when European markets first opened.