Futures gained Wednesday after finishing lower for the third-straight session as optimism about the global economy improved despite the continuing euro zone debt crisis.
China's economy grew faster than expected in the second quarter as the nation's GDP rose 9.5 percent from a year earlier, exceeding expectations for 9.4 percent, helped by roubust domestic consumption and investment.
Stocks sold off Tuesday after Moody's downgraded Ireland's rating to junk statusand said the country is likely to follow Greece in needing a second bailout.
Meanwhile, the minutes of the Federal Reserve's meeting in June also suggested some officials were prepared to take further monetary easing measures in order to stimulate the economy and appearing to take a wait-and-see stance on interest rates.
Fed chairman Ben Bernanke is set to testify before the House of Representatives on Wednesday and the Senate on Thursday with one of the most likely subjects being why the Fed’s stimulus measures to date have not been more effective in bringing down unemployment.
On the tech front, Apple gained after Citigroup raises its price target on the iPhone maker to $450 from $435. Meanwhile, China Telecom said it plans to offer the iPhone in China by year-end, the second operator to do so in the world's largest cell phone market.
Meanwhile, Electronic Arts , the video game publisher, is buying PopCap Gamesin a deal worth up to $1.3 billionas it tries to ramp up its social and casual games portfolio and better compete with Zynga according to a report from Reuters.
Netflix hiked monthly pricesfor customers who use both its mail and online services, a move that could steer users toward its growing streaming service.
Among earnings, Capital One slipped even after the credit-card provider posted larger-than-expected quarterly profit and said it would raise $2 billion via stock offering to fund the acquisition of ING's
Yum and Marriott are scheduled to release reports after-the-bell.