* Strong earnings from the likes of Apple
* Apple landed blockbuster results after markets closed on Tuesday and gave a strong outlook on dazzling sales of the iPhone and iPad, sending its shares up as much as 4 percent before paring gains.
* International Business Machines Corp's (IBM) quarterly profit blew past Wall Street estimates, and a long-hoped-for recovery in its services business raised optimism that global companies were confident enough to spend more on technology. IBM shares rose 2.7 percent in after-hours trading.
* A number of banks are scheduled to release results on Wednesday, including Goldman Sachs
* Goldman is likely to post earnings of about $3.76 per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
* State Street
* U.S. stocks gained on Tuesday as investors focused on increased price targets for Google
* Optimism about earnings has helped bolster stocks in recent weeks, with the S&P 500 <.SPX> posting its seventh straight week of gains on Friday.
* In company news, agribusiness giant Cargill Inc
* Citigroup Inc
* Executives from General Electric
* U.S. aircraft and defense firm Boeing
* On the economic front, weekly U.S. mortgage applications and chain store sales are expected at 6 a.m. EST and 6:45 a.m. EST respectively, while U.S. housing starts for December are due at 8:30 a.m. EST.
* In Europe, the pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 <.FTEU3> index of top shares slipped 0.2 percent in early trade, pressured by weak banks.
(Reporting by Harpreet Bhal. Editing by Jane Merriman)