U.S. stock index futures traded lower early Wednesday, following declines overseas and ahead of earnings and amid U.S. data.
European stocks traded more than half a percent lower, while Asian equities ended lower, with the Shanghai composite off only 0.05 percent. Japanese markets remained closed for a holiday.
Dow futures were last off about 104 points, while S&P and Nasdaq futures fell 14 points and 32 points, respectively.
In Europe, Royal Dutch Shell posted a sharp fall in earnings for the first three months of 2016, in its first earnings report since its purchase of BG Group.