NEW YORK (
) -- U.S. stock futures were indicating a higher open for Wall Street Wednesday after the Bank of Japan followed the
lead and eased monetary policy to boost a struggling economy.
European stocks were rising slightly while Asian shares finished Wednesday's trading session with solid gains. Japan's Nikkei 225 index rose 1.2% to 9,232.21, its highest close in more than four months.
The Bank of Japan said Wednesday it was extending monetary easing by increasing its asset purchasing fund to 55 trillion yen ($700 billion) from 45 trillion yen, to counter a strong yen.
The economic calendar in the U.S. on Wednesday includes housing starts and building permits for August at 8:30 a.m. EDT, and existing home sales for August at 10 a.m.
on Tuesday finished mixed in sluggish trading with lingering eurozone uncertainties set against more evidence of a recovery in the housing market.
Dow Jones Industrial Average
gained nearly 12 points, or 0.09%, to close at 13,565.
fell nearly 2 points, or 0.13%, to settle at 1459, while the
was off less than a point, or 0.03%, to finish at 3178.
announced plans Tuesday for a 15% dividend hike.
The software giant said its board approved a quarterly dividend of 23 cents a share, up from its current payout of 20 cents. The new dividend implies a forward annual yield of 2.95% based on the stock's closing price of $31.17 on Tuesday.
said David Viniar plans to retire as chief financial officer in January 2013.
Viniar, who will join Goldman's board, is to be succeeded by Harvey Schwartz, the current co-head of the company's security division.
Viniar has spent more than three decades at the investment bank.
, the maker of Cheerios, is expected by analysts to report fiscal first-quarter earnings of 62 cents a share on revenue of $4.08 billion.
Other companies reporting their results Wednesday include
Bed, Bath & Beyond
Public school teachers in Chicago voted Tuesday to end their strike. Classes will begin Wednesday in the third-largest U.S. school district.
-- Written by Joseph Woelfel
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