) -- U.S. stock futures were pointing to a flat to lower open on Wall Street Wednesday following a selloff in the previous trading session on worries over global growth prospects.

European shares were tacking on losses while Asian stocks finished in the red. Japan's Nikkei 225 stock average closed down 2% at 8,906.70

The economic calendar in the U.S. on Wednesday includes new-home sales for August at 10 a.m. EDT.

U.S. stocks

on Tuesday suffered steep losses after Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia President Charles Plosser said he believes it's unlikely the central bank's third round of quantitative easing will meaningfully boost the economy.


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fell more than 101 points, or 0.75%, to close at 13,458.



, the Internet giant, named Ken Goldman as chief financial officer.

Goldman replaces Tim Morse, who had been with Yahoo! for more than three years. Morse is expected to leave the company this fall. Goldman most recently served as financial chief of


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plans to announce Wednesday it will ramp up its efforts to sell so-called cloud computing services to mid-size businesses,

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CEO John Chambers identified senior managers that are being considered as possible successors when he retires, a move that could come in two to four years,



There are as many as 10 candidates, Chambers told


in an interview. They include Gary Moore, chief operating officer; Robert Lloyd, executive vice president of worldwide operations; Chuck Robbins, senior vice president of the Americas; and Edzard Overbeek, senior vice president of global services.

Jabil Circuit

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, the electronics manufacturing services company, missed Wall Street's expectations Tuesday in its latest quarterly results. It also issued a weak forecast for its first quarter.


Barnes & Noble

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rolled out its new Nook HD line on Wednesday.

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