European stocks were indicated to open stronger Wednesday after Tuesday's selloff, as Asian shares shrugged off a mixed US close.
Oil prices rebounded ahead of the release of US inventory data later in the day, while gold prices were steady as fears over the euro zone's debt supported investors' appetite for the precious metal.
The euro was steady, but debt worries persisted.
Stocks hit a four-week closing low on Tuesday, as disappointing economic numbers hurt sentiment, while a cut in outlook by the world's top technology company, Hewlett-Packard , pressured tech shares.
The UK releases April unemployment figures on Wednesday while Spain releases final gross domestic product data for the first quarter of 2011.
UK April consumer confidence data is also on Wednesday's agenda. Inflation in Britain hit a two-and-a-half-year high Tuesday on the back of higher food and energy prices.