Stock futures pointed to a mixed opening on Wednesday, with futures for the S&P 500 up 0.1 percent, Dow Jones futures down 0.2 percent and Nasdaq 100 futures up 0.1 percent.
Information services company Markit releases U.S. flash Markit Manufacturing PMI for October at 1258 GMT. Economists expect a reading of 51.5, compared with 51.1 in the final September report.
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The Mortgage Bankers Association releases its Weekly Mortgage Market Index for the week ended October 19 at 1100 GMT. It read 964.0 in the previous week, with the refinancing index at 5,452.9.
The Federal Open Market Committee convenes for the second day of a meeting on interest rate policy and will release a statement later. Primary dealers with the Fed expect the fed funds rate to remain in the 0.0 percent to 0.25 percent range.
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At 1400 GMT, the Federal Housing Finance Agency issues its Home Price Index for August. In the prior month, it rose 0.2 percent.
The Commerce Department releases new home sales figures for September at 1400 GMT. Economists forecast a total of 385,000 annualized units, against 373,000 in August.
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Europe's FTSEurofirst 300 <.FTEU3> fell 0.3 percent after opening higher as a weaker-than-expected German Ifo survey added to signs of slowing growth in the euro zone's biggest economy.
China's economy is making a slow, steady recovery from its weakest period of growth in three years, a survey of purchasing managers signaled on Wednesday, with new orders and output at their highest in months.
U.S. stocks fell on Tuesday, driving the Dow industrials to the biggest drop since June 21, as weak results from index members DuPont and United Technologies showed profit growth is slowing.
The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> slid 243.36 points, or 1.82 percent, to close at 13,102.53. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> fell 20.71 points, or 1.44 percent, to 1,413.11. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> dropped 26.49 points, or 0.88 percent, to end at 2,990.46.
(Reporting by Atul Prakash; Editing by Catherine Evans)