Stock futures signaled a mixed open Wednesday after several down days, boosted by some positive earnings reports, and following markets higher in Europe and Asia.
Ahead of the open, futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 rose, while futures on the Nasdaq Composite, the only index to end higher on Tuesday, are down.
Dellreported better-than-forecast results after the bell Tuesday, sending its shares higher in extended trading.
Before the bell, Deere beat earnings estimatesthanks to strong demand for farm equipment and a weak dollar. BJ'sbeat expectations as more consumers turned to the wholesaler for food and gasoline, while Abercrombie & Fitch also beat earnings expectations. Target , meanwhile, traded flat after beating earnings estimates, but falling short on sales.
And SodaStream soared after delivering raising its outlook for the year, and reporting strong U.S. sales.
But Staples plunged after reporting disappointing same store sales and a weaker-than-expected profit in the first quarter.
Speculation about a succession at the International Monetary Fund's top continues after the arrest of Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn for sex crimesin New York over the weekend.
The White House is reportedly set to propose White House adviser David Lipton to take over for John Lipsky in the number two job, as Lipsky is currently the acting head of the Fund.