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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- U.S. stock futures were pointing lower Wednesday amid light trading volumes across the globe.

European stocks were trading to the downside while Asian shares ended the session mostly lower. Japan's Nikkei 225 index closed slightly down at 8,925.04.


The economic calendar in the U.S. Wednesday includes the consumer price index for July at 8:30 a.m. EDT, the Empire State Manufacturing survey for August at 8:30 a.m., industrial production and capacity utilization for July at 9:15 a.m., and the National Association of Home Builders housing market index for August at 10 a.m.


U.S. stocks on Tuesday finished mixed as a stronger-than-expected rebound in retail sales in July failed to fuel substantial buying.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up nearly 3 points, or 0.02%, at 13,172.

The S&P 500 dipped less than a point, finishing at 1404. The Nasdaq slipped more than 5 points, or 0.18%, to close at 3017.


Cisco ( CSCO) is expected to report fiscal fourth-quarter results after Wednesday's closing bell and analysts are calling for the networking equipment giant and Dow component to post earnings of 45 cents a share on revenue of $11.6 billion.

TheStreet will be live-blogging Cisco's results Wednesday at 3:45 p.m. EDT.


Other companies reporting on Wednesday include Abercrombie & Fitch ( ANF), Agilent Technologies ( A), Applied Materials ( AMAT), Deere ( DE), Hot Topic ( HOTT), Limited Brands ( LTD), NetApp ( NTAP), Petsmart ( PETM), SINA Corp. ( SINA), Staples ( SPLS) and Target ( TGT).


Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway ( BRK.A) revealed in a 13-F filing it sold a stake in Intel ( INTC), added to positions Wells Fargo ( WFC) and Bank of New York Mellon ( BNY) and sold off significant portions of positions in United Parcel Service ( UPS) and Visa ( V).

Berkshire Hathaway also bought shares of Phillips 66 ( PSX) and National Oilwell Varco ( NOV) in the second quarter.


Standard Chartered shares were rising in London after it agreed Tuesday to pay $340 million to New York's Department of Financial Services to settle accusations the U.K. bank hid illegal transactions with Iran and violated U.S. sanctions law.


Private-equity firm Carlyle Group ( CG) is nearing an agreement to acquire Getty Images, the photo archive company, from Hellman & Friedman LLC and could announce a deal as early as Wednesday, Reuters reported, citing two people familiar with the matter.

The value of the transaction wasn't immediately available on Tuesday, but sources said previously that Getty Images could be worth more than $3.5 billion.


New York Times ( NYT) named Mark Thompson as its next president and CEO. Thompson most recently served as director general of the British Broadcasting Corp.


-- Written by Joseph Woelfel

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