NEW YORK (
) -- Stock futures were mixed Wednesday ahead of the first full day of trading after Hurricane Sandy forced an historic two-day shutdown of major U.S. stock markets.
Futures for the
Dow Jones Industrial Average
were up 0.03% to 13,107. Futures for the
dipped 0.07% to 1412.
futures were adding 0.06% to 2988.
New York Stock Exchange
remained shuttered Monday and Tuesday, stock futures continued to trade both days.
No major economic numbers were expected to be released Wednesday. But earnings were expected throughout the day from
Automaker GM said profit fell in the third quarter from a year earlier but topped analysts' estimates.
reported earnings on Tuesday that beat analysts' estimates thanks to strong U.S. sales that overshadowed weakening sales in Europe and soft profits in South America.
The FTSE 100 in London was down 0.10%, while the DAX in Germany was gaining 0.70%. Japan's Nikkei average rose 0.98% overnight to close at 8,9281. Hong Kong's Hang Seng rose 1%.
Gold for December delivery was adding $9 to $1,712.10 an ounce at the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange, while December crude oil contracts were climbing 74 cents to $86.42 a barrel.
The benchmark10-year Treasury was dipping 7/32, boosting the yield to 1.744%. The dollar was down 0.29%, according to the
U.S. dollar index.
In other corporate news,
announced Tuesday an agreement to acquire
, the maker of the "Star Wars" movies, for $4.05 billion.
agreed to buy
for some $2.9 billion, which would bring brands such as Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger and Speedo under one company.
-- Written by Joe Deaux in New York.