The threat of military action from North Korea increased over the weekend after the rogue nation successfully conducted its sixth nuclear test on Sunday, Sept. 3.
Wall Street also came under pressure from a number of big-industry deals. United Technologies Corp. (UTX - Get Report) was the worst performer on the Dow, falling 5.7% on Tuesday, after agreeing to buy airplane parts maker Rockwell Collins Inc. (COL) .
A story late Tuesday in the New York Post, citing sources, said Goldman Sachs Group Inc. was pitching aerospace giant Boeing Co. (BA - Get Report) to make a rival bid for airplane parts maker Rockwell Collins.
European and Asian stocks traded lower on Wednesday following the Wall Street selloff in the previous session.
The technology solutions company posted adjusted earnings in the quarter of 30 cents a share on revenue of $8.21 billion. Wall Street was expecting profit of 26 cents a share on revenue of $7.5 billion.
Sales of HPE's enterprise group, which contains servers and storage and accounts for the bulk of revenue, rose 3% to $6.8 billion. Server revenue dropped 1%, but storage gained 11%. Revenue from HPE's networking products gained 16% and the technology services business rose 1%.
The company said it expects fiscal fourth-quarter adjusted earnings of 26 cents to 30 cents a share, below analysts' forecasts of 40 cents.
4. -- Earnings reports are expected Wednesday from Francesca's Holdings Corp. (FRAN - Get Report) , Fred's Inc. (FRED - Get Report) , G-III Apparel Group Ltd. (GIII - Get Report) and HD Supply Holdings Inc. (HDS - Get Report) .
5. -- Intel Corp.'s (INTC - Get Report) fight against a €1.06 billion ($1.3 billion) EU antitrust fine is set to drag on after Europe's top judges told a lower court to re-examine the case, Reuters reported.
The judges said the lower court, known as the General Court, should focus on Intel's arguments that its rebates to customers weren't anti-competitive.
The ruling by the Court of Justice of the EU may force the European Commission to re-examine its tough line and economic approach in other antitrust cases such as against Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM - Get Report) and Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL - Get Report) unit Google, Reuters noted.
The stock rose slightly in premarket trading.
Updated from 6:08 a.m. ET.
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