The economic calendar in the U.S. Wednesday includes the ISM Manufacturing Index at 10 a.m. EST and construction spending at 10 a.m.
U.S. stocks on Monday surged following comments from Obama that a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff was close. The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 1.28%, or 166 points, to 13,104. The blue-chip index gained 7.26% in 2012. The S&P 500 surged 1.69%, or 24 points, to 1426. The S&P gained 13.41% in 2012. The Nasdaq spiked 2%, or 59 points, to close the year above 3,000 points at 3019. The tech-heavy index gained 15.91% in 2012. Markets were closed Tuesday for the New Year's Day holiday.
Live Nation Entertainment's (LYV - Get Report) Irving Azoff plans to resign as chairman of the concert promoter and will sell 1.7 million Live Nation shares to Liberty Media (LMCA) .
Automakers, including Ford (F) and General Motors (GM - Get Report), are expected to post December car sales on Wednesday.
High seas and strong winds prevented crews from boarding a Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A - Get Report) drilling ship to check for any damage after the large vessel went aground off an uninhabited island in the Gulf of Alaska, The Associated Press reported.
Intel's (INTC - Get Report) effort to develop an Internet-based TV service and associated hardware is taking longer than expected, people familiar with the company's plans told The Wall Street Journal, in part due to delays in reaching content agreements with media companies.