Wall Street is set to edge up on Wednesday, as companies continue to beat forecasts with their earnings, and with investors awaiting a statement from the Federal Reserve.
* At 5 a.m. ET, futures for the Dow Jones, S&P 500 and Nasdaq were up 0.3 to 0.4 percent.
* The FTSEurofirst 300 <.FTEU3> index of leading European shares was up 0.8 percent at 1,153.06 points.
* Shares in Vodafone
* The Federal Reserve is expected to nod to an improving U.S. economic outlook even as it reaffirms a plan to buy $600 billion in government debt to help speed recovery.
* New home sales for December will be watched for signs of life in the beaten-up sector. They were expected to have risen to 300,000 from 290,000 the month before, a Reuters poll found.
* Profit at ConocoPhillips
* U.S. President Barack Obama called on lawmakers on Tuesday to work with him to cut the corporate tax rate, but his pitch to offset lost revenues by slashing tax breaks cherished by companies could stall the effort.
* U.S. stocks erased losses in a late flurry of buying to end little changed on Tuesday as overall optimism about earnings offset disappointing results from blue chips 3M
* About 70 percent of S&P companies so far have beaten estimates, but worries about inflation cutting into profits have caused investors to jump on shares of companies that only produce spectacular results.
* The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> finished down 0.03 percent; the Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> was up 0.03 percent; the Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> was up 0.06 percent.
* Yahoo Inc
* Juniper Networks Inc
(Reporting by Brian Gorman; Editing by Hans Peters)