Here are 10 things you should know for Wednesday, March 16:

1. -- U.S. stock futures rose slightly, European shares were mostly higher and Asian markets ended mixed ahead of a policy statement from the Federal Reserve on Wednesday afternoon.

Expectations are that central bank officials will keep rates on hold this month.

London's FTSE 100 rose 0.2%. Japan's Nikkei 225 fell 0.8% and the Shanghai Composite Index in China rose 0.2%.

Benchmark U.S. crude rose 2.2% to $37.13 a barrel early Wednesday.

2. -- The economic calendar in the U.S. Wednesday includes the Consumer Price Index for February at 8:30 a.m. EDT, Housing Starts and Building Permits for February at 8:30 a.m., Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization for February at 9:15 a.m., Crude Inventories for the week ended March 12 at 10:30 a.m., and the interest rates decision from the Federal Open Market Committee at 2 p.m.

3. -- U.S. stocks on Tuesday dipped into the red for much of the day but came off of lows in the afternoon session. The S&P 500 finished down 0.19%, and the Nasdaq slid 0.45%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average turned slightly positive, closing up 0.13%.

Investors remained trigger-shy Tuesday, waiting for Wednesday's announcement from the Federal Reserve that's expected to offer clues on the pace and timing of interest-rate changes.

4. -- Hillary Clinton triumphed Tuesday in the Florida, Ohio, North Carolina and Illinois presidential primaries, putting her in a commanding position to win the Democratic Party nomination. Donald Trump had a big win in Florida but fell in Ohio to that state's governor, John Kasich.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio ended his campaign after a devastating home-state loss. The GOP primary is now down to three candidates: Trump, Kasich and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

Trump also picked up wins in North Carolina and Illinois. 

5. -- London Stock Exchange Group  (LNSTY and Deutsche Boerse  (DBOEY finalized a merger agreement to unite under a holding company worth close to $30 billion.

It will be 54.4% owned by shareholders of the German partner. Deutsche Boerse CEO Carsten Kengeter will lead the merged company.

The merged company's headquarters will remain in London and Frankfurt. 

6. -- Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is likely to circulate a draft order as soon as this week approving Charter Communications' (CHTR - Get Report)  $55 billion deal to buy Time Warner Cable  (TWC with certain conditions, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

The order would impose a number of conditions on the transaction, many of them aimed at boosting online video as a competitor to cable, the Journal noted. One condition would bar Charter from including clauses in its pay-TV contracts that restrict a content company's ability to offer its programming online or to new entrants, the people told the Journal.

7. -- Chipotle Mexican Grill  (CMG - Get Report) is considering stepping back from some of the food-safety changes it touted just a month ago in the wake of a series of disease outbreaks, the Journal reported.

Chipotle last month said it was conducting high-resolution DNA-based testing of many ingredients. Now, the company is considering dialing back or eliminating pathogen testing on some ingredients, the Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

Chipotle said Tuesday that sales plunged 26.1% in February, compared to a 36.4% nosedive in January. According to Chipotle, sales began to recover on Feb. 8 after it started to text digital coupons to customers in an attempt to regain their trust following several food safety incidents.



8. -- Oracle (ORCL - Get Report) , the software maker, reported fiscal third-quarter adjusted earnings of 64 cents a share, 2 cents above analysts' expectations.

Revenue was $9.01 billion for the quarter, below estimates of $9.12 billion.

Sales of key cloud products rose 57% in the quarter to $583 million.

The company said its board authorized additional repurchases of $10 billion of common stock under an existing share repurchase program.

9. -- Moody's cut Valeant Pharmaceuticals' (VRX credit rating deeper into junk territory after the company on Tuesday posted fourth-quarter results that missed profit expectations, slashed its 2016 financial forecasts, and said it's technically in danger of defaulting on its debt. 

10. -- Earnings are expected Wednesday from FedEx (FDX - Get Report) , Jabil Circuit (JBL - Get Report) , Williams-Sonoma (WSM - Get Report) and Guess (GES - Get Report) .