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U.S. stock index futures pointed to a sharply lower open on Wednesday, weighed by declines in oil prices, continued concerns about China and fresh geopolitical worries from news out of North Korea. Dow futures fell 300 points just before 8 a.m., ET, and traded about 280 points lower after morning data reports. The U.S. November trade deficit came in at $42.4 billion. The December ADP report showed creation of 257,000 payrolls.

Source: Futures trim losses after data; Dow futures still off triple digits