U.S. stocks were headed for a bounce Wednesday, although continuing unease about when central banks will begin weaning investors off cheap money could make for another volatile session.
"Investors continue to assess the risks posed by the U.S. Federal Reserve pulling back on its bond-buying program and taking liquidity out of the market," wrote Ishaq Siddiqi, a market strategist at ETX Capital.
European markets were drifting lower in morning trading. MSCI announced late Tuesday that it has reclassified the Greek stock market as part of its emerging markets group from its previous status as a developed market.
The Nikkei index in Tokyo ticked down by 0.2%, as the yen weakened against both the dollar and the euro. Markets in Hong Kong and Shanghai were closed for a holiday.