* Futures: Dow up 7 pts, S&P down 1 pt, Nasdaq down 3 pts
By Yashaswini Swamynathan
April 5 U.S. stock index futures were little
changed on Wednesday with investors on guard ahead of the
release of the minutes of the Federal Reserve's latest meeting
and talks between the U.S. and Chinese presidents later this
* The meeting, starting Thursday, between Donald Trump and
China's Xi Jinping is likely to be tense, with trade and North
Korea expected to dominate. Trump has said the meeting is likely
to be a "very difficult one".
* Also weighing on investors' minds is Trump's ability to
deliver on tax reform and other pro-business promises after
recent setbacks in pushing reforms through Congress.
* Wall Street has rallied on Trump's promises, with analysts
saying the expectations of tax cuts have been priced in. The
lofty market valuations will be in sharp focus with the
first-quarter earnings season around the corner.
* The Fed raised interest rates in March and indicated it
would hike rates twice more this year. The minutes of that
meeting are due at 2:00 p.m. ET (1800 GMT).
* Dallas Fed President Robert Kaplan is the only central
bank official scheduled to speak on Wednesday.
* Among the early movers on Wednesday were shares of Panera
Bread. The stock jumped nearly 13 percent to $308.86
after JAB Holdings said it would buy the bakery chain in a deal
valued at $7.5 billion.
* Data on tap includes the ADP National Employment report
that is likely to show fewer jobs were added in the private
sector in March than in February. The report, due at 8:15 a.m.
ET, serves as a predecessor to Friday's nonfarm payrolls report.
* The ISM non-manufacturing index is expected to have
slipped to 57 points in March from 57.6 the month earlier. The
data is due at 10:00 a.m. ET.
Futures snapshot at 6:57 a.m. ET:
* Dow e-minis were up 7 points, or 0.03 percent,
with 15,505 contracts changing hands.
* S&P 500 e-minis were down 1 point, or 0.04 percent,
with 84,858 contracts traded.
* Nasdaq 100 e-minis were down 3 points, or 0.06
percent, on volume of 15,928 contracts.
(Reporting by Yashaswini Swamynathan in Bengaluru; Editing by