Stock index futures pointed to a slightly higher opening on Wall Street with futures for the S&P 500 up 0.1 percent, Dow Jones futures up 0.1 percent and Nasdaq 100 futures flat at 1020 GMT.
The FTSEurofirst 300 <.FTEU3> index of leading European shares was flat at 1,027.52 points, ahead of key sovereign debt auctions in Spain and Italy this week.
The main data release of the day will be the Beige Book, in which each Federal Reserve bank gathers anecdotal information on current economic conditions in its district; the report is expected to give more evidence of the U.S. economy continuing a slow trek back to better health.
Clothing retailer Urban Outfitters Inc
The New York state's financial regulator is investigating several large banks, including Bank of America Corp
Merck & Co
The yield on 10-year U.S. Treasuries slipped further below 2 percent on Wednesday and the euro fell against the dollar, floundering near a record low versus the Australian dollar, in cautious trade a day ahead of a European Central Bank policy meeting and debt sales from Spain.
The private equity firm Blackstone Group LP
Super Micro Computer Inc
U.S. refining company Marathon Petroleum Corp
Shoemaker Crocs Inc
U.S. stocks climbed to a five-month high on Tuesday, led by materials stocks after an upbeat forecast by aluminum company Alcoa and strong gains in bank shares.
The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> gained 69.78 points, or 0.56 percent, to 12,462.47. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> rose 11.38 points, or 0.89 percent, to 1,292.08. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> climbed 25.94 points, or 0.97 percent, to 2,702.50.
(Reporting by Blaise Robinson; Editing by Greg Mahlich)