Stock index futures pointed to a mixed Wall Street open on Wednesday, with futures for the S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 indexes slipping 0.1 percent, while futures for the Dow Jones rose 0.1 percent by 0933 GMT.
U.S. durables goods and homes data due out at 1330 and 1500 GMT respectively should provide further clues on the health of the world's largest economy.
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The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index <.FTEU3> was up 0.1 percent at 1,151.69 points by 1010 GMT on Wednesday while the euro zone's Euro STOXX 50 index <.STOXX50E> also advanced 0.1 percent, although concerns over Italy's political stalemate were likely to cap gains.
The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> gained 115.96 points, or 0.84 percent, to 13,900.13 at the close on Tuesday. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> rose 9.09 points, or 0.61 percent, to 1,496.94. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> advanced 13.40 points, or 0.43 percent, to close at 3,129.65.
(Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by Susan Fenton)