U.S. stock index futures were little changed during overnight trading on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve kept benchmark interest rates unchanged, while indicating no immediate intention of removing stimulus policies.
Futures contracts tied to the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 62 points. S&P 500 futures were up 0.14%, while Nasdaq 100 futures advanced 0.17%.
Stocks finished higher across the board during regular trading following the central bank's commentary. The Dow gained roughly 340 points, or 1%, for its first positive session in five and best day since July 20. The 30-stock benchmark did close below its highest levels of the day, however, after advancing more than 500 points at one point.