Stocks opened higher out of the gate on a better-than-expected jobless claims report and strong earnings.
Asian markets got off to a cautious start, with Japanese stocks pulling further away from six-week lows as Russian troop build-up continues near Ukraine.
A Morgan Stanley trading unit was fined $200,000 for exceeding speculative position limits in soybean meal futures contracts trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.
Going for Gold: Just as China's hunger for commodities drove prices of copper and oil higher, so too could demand for gold.
U.S. stock-index futures pushed higher on Wednesday as traders parsed through data out of Europe and awaited bigger events later this week.
Helped by higher market data revenues, the IntercontinentalExchange posted an 8% increase in profit.