U.S. stocks shape up to rebound, as focus turns to retail sales

Wall Street was poised for an upbeat trading day on Wednesday, as investors looked ahead to data on U.S. retail sales, which could either strengthen or weaken the case for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates four times this year.

The gains for U.S. stock futures indicated a rebound from the prior day’s losses when traders used the departure of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson as an excuse to book some profits.

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