Market Snapshot: Stock-market futures try to shake off North Korea, Hurricane Irma worries

U.S. stock benchmarks looked poised to rise tepidly on Wednesday, as Wall Street attempted to power past a barrage of headwinds, including lingering concerns over North Korea, a “potentially catastrophic” Hurricane Irma and doubts about President Donald Trump’s business friendly agenda.

Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average YMU7, +0.32% were up 64 points, or 0.3%, at 21,827, while S&P 500 index futures ESU7, +0.21% climbed 5.55 points, or 0.2%, at 2,465. Nasdaq-100 index futures NQU7, +0.24% rose 15.50 points, or 0.3%, at 5,954.50.

U.S. stocks closed firmly lower on Tuesday, as investors focused on heightened geopolitical tensions after North Korea said it had successfully tested its biggest-ever nuclear bomb.

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