Earnings news could be the driver for stocks Wednesday with several dozen S&P 500 companies reporting and a potential end to the earnings recession in sight.
There are also a few economic reports, including housing starts and building permits at 8:30 a.m. and the Beige Book on the economy at 2 p.m. EDT. There are several Fed speakers, and the third and final presidential debate is Wednesday evening.
Stronger-than-expected earnings from and helped push the Dow higher Tuesday, and surged on its late Monday report, driving gains in the Nasdaq. Two big tech earnings have disappointed. took a hit on earnings news during the trading day, and report after the close knocked its stock down nearly 5 percent.