U.S. stock-index futures fell on Wednesday, following Asian and European markets lower as investors digested a slump in oil prices, disappointment over Japan's stimulus plan and private-sector employment data.
Private job growth was a little better than expected in July, though all of the new positions came from the services sector, according to the latest report from ADP and Moody's Analytics.
Companies added 179,000 positions for the month, topping Reuters estimates of 170,000. That was a slight increase from June, which saw an upwardly revised 176,000, 4,000 more than originally reported.
Other data due Wednesday include the ISM services index for July, which follows a disappointing reading for ISM manufacturing on Monday.
U.S. indexes closed lower on Tuesday as WTI oil futures settled below $40 per barrel for the first time since April and the Dow ended down for a seventh consecutive day. Light crude for September rose on Wednesday but remained under $40.