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Gary Cohn is reportedly out of the running to head the Fed. Cohn is no longer being considered for the position of Fed chairman, according to Bloomberg, leaving Jerome Powell, Kevin Warsh, Janet Yellen and John Taylor as the final four candidates.
The ECB meets. The European Central Bank is expected to announce the tapering of its bond-buying program down to The decision will cross the wires at 7:45 a.m. ET and Mario Draghi's press conference will begin at 8:30 a.m. ET.
New York tops San Francisco in VC cash. Startups in New York City raised $4.227 billion in funding during the third quarter of 2017, outpacing the $4.177 billion raised by startups located in San Francisco, according to the Q3 2017 MoneyTree Report from PwC and CB Insights.
Traders betting against Chipotle had a big day. Short sellers raked in $260 million on Wednesday as Chipotle's stock tumbled as much as 16% to its lowest level since 2013, according to data from financial analytics firm S3 Partners.
Stock markets around the world are higher. China's Shanghai Composite (+0.26%) led in Asia and Britain's FTSE (+0.35%) leads in Europe. The S&P 500 is set to open up 0.1% near 2,560.
It's a big day for tech earnings. Ford and Twitter report ahead of the opening bell while tech giants Alphabet, Amazon, Intel and Microsoft all release their quarterly results after markets close.
US economic data is light. Initial claims will be released at 8:30 a.m. ET and pending home sales are due out at 10 a.m. ET. The US 10-year yield is down 1 basis point at 2.42%.