Morning Briefing: 10 Things You Should Know
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Here are 10 things you should know for Wednesday, March 20:
1. -- U.S. stock futures were pointing to gains on Wall Street Wednesday as investors turned their attention to the Federal Reserve's rate decision and away from Cypriot lawmakers' rejection of a bailout proposal.
European shares were higher in early trading. Asian stocks ended mixed; markets in Japan were closed for a public holiday.
2. -- The economic calendar in the U.S. Wednesday includes the rate decision from the Federal Open Market Committee at 2 p.m. EDT.
3. -- U.S. stocks on Tuesday finished mixed after the Cypriot parliament defeated a measure to levy a tax on bank deposits in the small Mediterranean island nation-state.
The news eclipsed encouraging U.S. housing market data for February.
The S&P 500 fell 0.24% to 1,548.34, to book a three-day losing streak, its longest in 2013. The Nasdaq fell 0.26% to 3,229.10.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average inched slightly higher by 3.76 points, or 0.03%, to 14,455.82.
4. -- Oracle(ORCL) , which reports earnings after Wednesday's closing bell, is expected by analysts to post fiscal third-quarter adjusted earnings of 66 cents a share.
Revenue for the maker of business software is forecast to come in at $9.38 billion in the quarter, which ended in February.
6. -- JPMorgan Chase's(JPM) management rating was downgraded one notch by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency to a level that signifies oversight "needs improvement," following the "London whale" trading losses in 2012, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the regulatory assessment.
7. -- Hewlett-Packard(HPQ) is scheduled Wednesday to hold its annual meeting, with shareholders seeking the ouster of five of the PC maker's 11 board members following questionable acquisitions.
8. -- Wall Street expect Cheerios maker General Mills(GIS) to report fiscal third-quarter profit on Wednesday of 57 cents a share on revenue of $4.36 billion.
9. -- Adobe Systems'(ADBE) fiscal first-quarter results, released on Tuesday, topped analysts' expectations.
Adobe posted earnings of 35 cents a share, excluding items, on revenue of $1.01 billion. Analysts were looking for net income of 31 cents share on sales of $985.2 million.
10. -- General Electric(GE) may consider spinning off its GE Capital unit, though it's not currently pursuing any such move, Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt said Tuesday, according to a report from MarketWatch.
-- Written by Joseph Woelfel
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