Get ready for a day that will be dominated by central banks and more retail earnings.
The Federal Reserve is in focus Wednesday as investors wait for the release of the minutes from its April meeting at 2 p.m. ET. Investors and traders will pour over the notes for any new clues on the direction of monetary policy.
"This afternoon's release ... will be read attentively for clues as to where Fed policy is heading, but the market has already decided that any tightening remains far away and will be very slow," said Kit Juckes, a strategist at Societe Generale(SCGLF).
Fed chairwoman Janet Yellen will also be busy, giving a commencement speech to graduates from New York University in the Yankee Stadium at 11:15 a.m.
Her address won't necessarily yield anything new, but markets will still be playing close attention.
The Bank of England released minutes from its latest meeting Wednesday showing members continue to be watchful of the buoyant housing market. The Bank of Japan announced it was sticking with its current monetary policy stance.
Many retailers will be reporting results Wednesday.
The sector may be able to redeem itself after a slew of retailers, from Staples to Dick's Sporting Goods, posted disappointing quarterly earnings Tuesday that showed Americans were spending less in brick-and-mortar stores.
Target(TGT), Tiffany & Co(TIF), Lowe's(LOW), and American Eagle(AEO) will report earnings before the opening bell. After the close, investors will hear from the company behind Victoria's Secret, L Brands(LB).
Shares in Burberry(BBRYF) were edging up after the luxury retailer reported full year results showing revenue increased by 17%.