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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- U.S. stock futures were suggesting Wall Street would open higher Wednesday despite "fiscal cliff" concerns in the U.S. and as unions in Spain, Greece and Portugal went on strike to protest anti-austerity measures.
European stocks were falling despite a successful sale by Greece of short-term treasury bills on Tuesday. Asian shares ended Wednesday's trading session with gains as a leadership transition took place in China. Japan's 225 index posted marginal gains and the Shanghai Composite Index rose 0.4%.
The economic calendar in the U.S. Wednesday includes retail sales for October at 8:30 a.m. EST, the producer price index for October at 8:30 a.m., business inventories for September at 10 a.m., and the release of the minutes of the Oct. 23-24 policy meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee at 2 p.m.
U.S. stocks on Tuesday finished lower as investors piled out of the technology, energy and financial sectors in the final hour of trading.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost nearly 59 points, or 0.46%, to settle at 12,756.
Cisco(CSCO) , the networking giant and Dow component, topped Wall Street's expectations in its latest quarter on both the top and bottom lines.
Cisco reported non-GAAP earnings of $2.57 billion, or 48 cents a share, on revenue of $11.88 billion, up from a year-earlier equivalent profit of $2.32 billion, or 43 cents a share, on revenue of $11.27 billion.
Staples(SPLS) is reporting its third-quarter results before the opening bell Wednesday, and analysts are expecting a profit of 45 cents a share in the October-ended period on revenue of $6.45 billion.