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Last trickle of earnings and oil inventories in focus on Wall Street

Street braces for Macy's results
Tracking the relationship between the Fed and dollar

U.S. stock-index futures pointed to a lower open Wednesday, amid steady oil prices, as some disappointing earnings from Disney and Macy's weighed.

and WTI crude futures were slightly higher, ahead of the weekly EIA inventory report due later in the morning.

Oil struggled for gains overnight as record oil inventories and reports of a gradual ramp-up in Canadian oil sand production put pressure on markets. This follows production halts in Canada due to wildfires.

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Macy's and Wendy's posted quarterly results Wednesday morning.

Macy's lowered its full-year forecast, with CEO Terry J. Lundgren noting "continued weakness" in consumer spending in the press release. Quarterly earnings topped expectations, while revenue came in below estimates.

Economic data to watch for include April's Treasury budget and the weekly MBA Mortgage Index and crude inventories.

The U.S. dollar index against a basket of currencies traded above 94, up from the low of 92 touched last week. Goldman Sachs said on Wednesday that it expected the dollar to rise 15 percent over the next two years as U.S. monetary policy normalizes.

The U.S. Treasury will auction $23 billion in 10-year notes on Wednesday.

Average stock is beating the S&P 500

U.S. stocks rallied on Tuesday and the Dow Jones industrial average closed more than 1 percent higher, in its best day since March 11.

Disney shares fell up to 6 percent in after-hours trading on Tuesday after it posted quarterly earnings per share and revenue that missed analysts' estimates. It also posted a $147 million charge from cancelling its Infinity video game line.

Plus, a U.S. judge halted Staples' $6 billion merger with Office Depot, granting a preliminary injunction for antitrust reasons. Office Depot said the companies would not appeal the ruling.

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Correction: This article has been updated to reflect the Dow closed more than 1 percent higher Tuesday. An earlier version misstated the percentage gain.