Stock futures pointed to a lower open for Wall Street on Wednesday, with investors feeling that Tuesday's meeting between French and German leaders failed to make significant progress on the euro zone sovereign debt crisis.
At 5:06 a.m. EDT, futures for the S&P 500, Dow Jones and Nasdaq 100 were down between 0.1 and 0.4 percent
The FTSEurofirst 300 <.FTEU3> index of leading European shares was down 0.5 percent, after the meeting between German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Nicolas Sarkozy failed to calm worries over the euro zone debt crisis.
The two leaders announced plans for a tax on financial transactions. Bourse operators London Stock Exchange
Global brewer SABMiller
Inflation comes into the spotlight with the release of U.S. producer prices for July. They are seen having risen 0.1 percent after a 0.4 percent fall in June, but excluding food and energy are forecast up 0.2 percent after a 0.3 percent gain in June.
Earnings reports from companies including teen hot-seller Abercrombie & Fitch
Bank of America Corp
U.S. stocks fell on Tuesday after three days of gains, partly on disappointment about the outcome of the Sarkozy-Merkel meeting, though retailers Wal-Mart Stores Inc
The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> dropped 0.7 percent; the Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> declined 1 percent; the Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> fell 1.2 percent.
* Shares of Dell Inc
(Reporting by Brian Gorman; Editing by Hans-Juergen Peters)