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Stock futures were in the red Wednesday after a two-day swing on Wall Street as traders parsed through a slew of headlines on high-profile companies.
As of 8:10 a.m. ET, Dow Jones Industrial Average futures fell 29 points to 13880, S&P 500 futures dipped 4.3 points to 1502 and Nasdaq 100 futures slipped 11 points to 2738.
Tuesday's steep selloff proved to be but a blip on the radar for the markets' big run this year, with the major market averages nearly making up for the losses in a rally the following session. The Dow is up 6.7% for the year, while the broader S&P 500 is up 6%. Both are eyeing record highs.
With very little in the way of data out on the day, focus was on corporate news.
Walt Disney (NYSE:DIS) unveiled better-than-expected results for its fiscal first quarter. Shares of the Dow component jumped more than 3% in early trading. CVS Caremark (NYSE:CVS) also posted a beat on the top and bottom lines, while Time Warner (NYSE:TWX) revealed profits that topped expectations with sales that fell short.
The pace of mergers and acquisitions continues heating up after Dell's (NASDAQ:DELL) big take-private deal announced Tuesday. Liberty Global (NASDAQ:LBTYA) said it would buy Virgin Media (NASDAQ:VMED) for $16 billion in a cash and stock deal. It is expected to shake up the U.K. cable market.
Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ) shares also got a boost on a report from online magazine Quartz, saying the struggling PC-maker's board is considering a breakup among several options. However, a source familiar with the matter tells FOX Business the company wants to stay together.
The Commodities Futures Trading Commission ordered Royal Bank of Scotland (NYSE:RBS) to pay $325 million over manipulation of Libor, a benchmark global interest rate.
Oil futures came under heavy selling pressure. The benchmark contract traded in New York fell $1.21, or 1.2%, to $95.45 a barrel. Wholesale New York Harbor gasoline fell a penny, or 0.4%, to $3.025 a gallon. In metals, gold rose $2.70, or 0.16%, to $1,676 a troy ounce.
The Euro Stoxx 50 fell 0.79% to 2630, the English FTSE 100 rose 0.32% to 6304 and the German DAX dipped 0.47% to 7628.
In Asia, the Japanese Nikkei 225 surged 3.8% to 11464 and the Chinese Hang Seng edged up by 0.47% to 23257.