The companies are reporting earnings along with Barnes & Noble and Children's Place.
US markets are poised to rise at the open on growing signs the Western military action is no longer imminent.
Stocks rebound slightly from the steep sell-off in the first two days of the week.
As the prospect of a strike by the US and its allies against elements in the Middle Eastern nation increase, global shares have taken a beating.
August consumer confidence index to be announced. McKesson stock goes ex-dividend. Salesforce.com and Zales to report earnings. Chinese solar stocks shoot higher.
Stocks are higher after Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke told Congress that prematurely ending the central bank's stimulus program could endanger the still fragile economic recovery.
Cree is downgraded to 'neutral,' and Zale is initiated with an 'overweight.'
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