U.S. stock index futures pointed to a sharply higher open Wednesday, as investors prepared themselves for the latest cluster of corporate earnings ahead of a decision by the U.S. central bank.
Dow Jones industrial average futures rose 126 points, while S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 futures advanced 10 points and 29 points, respectively.
Futures took their cue from overseas equity markets, which also traded higher. The Stoxx 600 index, which is composed of a broad swath of European stocks, rose 0.6 percent. In Asia, the Japanese Nikkei 225 rose 1.9 percent.
While a meeting by the U.S. Federal Reserve is expected to be on the minds of investors, a whole host of major brands are also set to publish their latest earnings during the day.