NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Here are 10 things you should know for Wednesday, Nov. 19:
1. -- U.S. stock futures were mixed Wednesday ahead of minutes from the the latest Federal Open Market Committee meeting.
European stocks traded mixed while Asian equities finished the session lower. Japan's Nikkei 225 fell 0.3%.
2. -- The economic calendar in the U.S. on Wednesday includes housing starts and building permits for October at 8:30 a.m. EST, and the release at 2 p.m. of minutes from the Federal Open Market Committee's Oct. 29 meeting.
3. -- U.S. stocks on Tuesday finished higher and the S&P 500 closed the trading day at an all-time high for a fifth-consecutive session.
The S&P 500 rose 0.51% to close at 2,051.80, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.2% to 17,687.82, an all-time high, and the Nasdaq gained 0.7% to 4,702.44.
4. -- The controversial Keystone XL pipeline was handed a defeat on Tuesday as the controversial project was rejected in the U.S. Senate by the narrowest of margins. As a result, President Obama's previously anticipated veto won't come into play.
The Senate voted 59 to 41 to reject the measure. Throughout the day it was not clear heading into the vote whether supporters would be able to muster the minimum 60 votes needed to avoid a filibuster. However, in the end, Democrats previously viewed as potential swing votes voted with their party.
5. -- Target (TGT) is expected on Wednesday to post third-quarter earnings of 47 cents a share on sales of $17.56 billion.
6. -- Lowe's (LOW) reported third-quarter earnings of $585 million, or 59 cents a share, topping the forecasts of analysts.
Sales rose 5.6% to $13.68 billion in the period, also topping Wall Street estimates.
The home-improvement retailer said it expects full-year earnings of $2.68 a share.
Rival Home Depot (HD) reported on Tuesday that third-quarter profit rose 14% and U.S. comparable-store sales jumped 5.8% in the period.
7. -- Dollar General (DG) may have to divest more than double the 1,500 stores it said it was willing to sell if it wants to gain regulatory approval to buy rival Family Dollar (FDO) , The New York Post reported.
The Federal Trade Commission may require the country's No. 1 dollar store chain to divest more than 4,000 stores to win approval of its stalled $9.1 billion merger proposal, two sources close to the situation told the Post.