Thomson ReutersFebruary 8, 2013 10:32
* China, German data positive
* U.S. trade deficit shrinks
* LinkedIn surges after earnings, outlook
* Futures up: Dow 6 pts, S&P 1.8 pts, Nasdaq 9.5 pts
By Chuck Mikolajczak
NEW YORK, Feb 8 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index were set for a slightly higher open on Friday after a trio of positive economic data points, but gains were expected to be modest, with the benchmark S&P index near five-year highs.