NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- U.S. stock index futures were trading higher Wednesday after leaders in Ukraine said Russia agreed to a cease-fire in eastern Ukraine.
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Read More: European Stocks Rally on Potential Russa/Ukraine Cease-Fire European stock indices rallied on Wednesday, galvanized by news of the potential cease-fire and a strong performance from Asia. The U.S. economic calendar Wednesday includes factory orders for July at 10 a.m. EDT, and the Federal Reserve's Beige Book report providing a snapshot of economic conditions from each of the 12 Fed districts at 2 p.m. In Wednesday's corporate headlines, CVS (CVS) , the nation's second-largest drugstore chain, is changing its name and stopping the sale of tobacco nearly a month sooner than planned. Homebuilder Toll Brothers (TOL - Get Report) reported fiscal third-quarter profit of $97.7 million, or 53 cents a share, up from a year-earlier $46.6 million, or 26 cents a share. Shares advanced 2.13% to $36.39. Home Depot (HD) , the nation's No. 1 home improvement retailer, said it's working with both banks and law enforcement to investigate "unusual activity" that would point to a major credit card data breach. Netflix (NFLX - Get Report) struck a deal with Time Warner's (TWX) Warner Bros. to secure streaming rights in the U.S. and international markets for "Gotham," a TV show that tells of the city before Batman, and is one of the fall's most anticipated new dramas, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Netflix inched higher to $477.80. Automakers such as General Motors (GM) and Ford (F) are expected to release sales for August throughout the day. The United States Oil Fund LP (USO) rose 0.52% to $34.97 and the SPDR Gold Trust (GLD) added 0.25% to $121.95 as the U.S. dollar drifted lower against a basket of major currencies.
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