U.S. equity futures are pointing to a lower open Wednesday.
Dow futures suggest a decline of nearly 300 points or 0.9%, weighed down by Boeing, while the Nasdaq and S&P 500 are also lower.
The airplane maker posted its largest annual loss on record of $11.9 billion still plagued by the 737 Max Jet crisis.
Despite the broader declines, Microsoft shares are higher after the software giant said its fiscal second-quarter net income rose more than 30% to $15.5 billion. Sales advanced 17% to $43.1 billion. Both figures topped analyst expectations. Shares were up 4% in after-hours trading.
In other news, the Fed is expected to keep its extremely supportive policy stance unchanged given the slow progress in vanquishing the pandemic, analysts said.
Markets have meandered since last week as investors weighed solid corporate earnings results against renewed worries that troubles with COVID-19 vaccine rollouts and the spread of new variants of coronavirus might delay a recovery from the pandemic.
The reality that President Joe Biden’s $1.9 billion stimulus package won’t be “rubber stamped” by the U.S. Senate is also weighing on sentiment.
Quarterly earnings reports are expected on Wednesday from Boeing, AT&T, Apple, Facebook and Tesla.
On the economic calendar, the Census Bureau is expected to say that new orders for manufactured big-ticket items rose 0.9% month-over-month in December. If you factor out the transportation component orders are anticipated to edge up 0.5%. Orders for core capital goods, a closely-watched proxy for business spending, are also seen rising 0.6% for the month.
In Europe, London's FTSE was off 0.6%, Germany's DAX dropped 1.0% and France's CAC was down 0.7%.
In Asian markets, Tokyo's Nikkei 225 index added 0.3%, while the Hang Seng in Hong Kong slipped 0.3% and China's Shanghai Composite index gained 0.1%.
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On Tuesday, the S&P 500 lost 0.1% to 3,849.62 but was within 0.2% of the record high it set Monday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 0.1%, to 30,937.04. The tech-heavy Nasdaq composite also slid 0.1%, to 13,626.06.
In other trading, benchmark U.S. crude oil added 1 cent to $52.61 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It gave up 16 cents to $52.77 per barrel on Tuesday. Brent crude, the international standard, added 5 cents to $55.96 per barrel.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.