Earnings news could be the driver for stocks Wednesday with several dozen S&P 500 companies reporting and a potential end to the earnings recession in sight.
There are also a few economic reports, including housing starts and building permits at 8:30 a.m. and the Beige Book on the economy at 2 p.m. EDT. There are several Fed speakers, and the third and final presidential debate is Wednesday evening.
Stronger-than-expected earnings from UnitedHealth Group and Goldman Sachs helped push the Dow higher Tuesday, and Netflix surged on its late Monday report, driving gains in the Nasdaq. Two big tech earnings have disappointed. IBM took a hit on earnings news during the trading day, and Intel’s report after the close knocked its stock down nearly 5 percent.