2. -- The economic calendar in the U.S. Wednesday includes housing starts and building permits for January at 8:30 a.m. EST, and the Producer Price Index for January, also at 8:30 a.m. The Federal Open Market Committee plans to release minutes of its January meeting at 2 p.m.
3. -- U.S. stocks on Tuesday finished with gains, with the benchmark S&P 500 hitting a five-year high, as investor sentiment improved on another set of deals headlines. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up 54 points, or 0.4%, to 14,036. The S&P 500 added 11 points, or 0.7%, to close at 1,531. The Nasdaq tacked on 22 points, or 0.7%, to finish at 3,214.
4. -- Dell's ( DELL) fourth-quarter earnings and revenue topped Wall Street estimates. The PC maker reported fourth-quarter non-GAAP earnings of 40 cents a share on $14.3 billion in revenue, down 11% year over year, but up 4% over the previous quarter. The company noted that networking was strong, with revenue from the segment growing 42%. Analysts were looking for earnings of 39 cents a share on revenue of $14.1 billion. Citing the announcement to take the company private, Dell is not providing an outlook for its fiscal 2014 or the first quarter.
5. -- Tesla Motors ( TSLA) is expected by analysts Wednesday to report a fourth-quarter loss of 53 cents a share on revenue of $298.9 million. TheStreet will be live-blogging Tesla's results Wednesday at 3:45 p.m.
6. -- Engineers at Boeing ( BA) accepted a new four-year contract while technical workers rejected their offer and voted to authorize a future strike. The vote tallied late Tuesday came as the company is trying to solve battery problems that have grounded its new 787s. Reuters, citing a source familiar with the aerospace company's plans, reported that Boeing has found a way to fix battery problems with its Dreamliner jets which involves increasing the space between cells.
7. -- Sony ( SNE) is widely expected Wednesday to unveil the PlayStation 4 game console at an event in New York.
8. -- Homebuilder Toll Brothers ( TOL) posted fiscal first-quarter profit and revenue below analysts' expectations.
9. -- Herbalife ( HLF), at the center of a public fight between Carl Icahn and Bill Ackman, said Tuesday that fourth-quarter earnings and revenue rose from a year earlier, and it lifted its outlook for the year.
10. -- Bank of America ( BAC) CEO Brian Moynihan's total pay package in 2012 was about $12 million, which included $11.1 million of restricted shares. He made $7 million in 2011.
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