(AP) Stock futures are mixed with the U.S. moving closer to a military confrontation in Syria.
The potential for a major disruption in the Middle East is overshadowing what are expected to be more indications Wednesday of an economic recovery.
Dow Jones industrial futures are down 10 points to 14,817. S&P futures have lost less than a point to 1,638.90. Nasdaq futures are up 6.25 points to 3,092.75.
U.S. automakers will start rolling out August sales numbers and industry watchers anticipate the strongest monthly performance since early 2007.
Also on Wednesday, the Commerce Department posts trade deficit numbers and while most economists expect that it widened slightly in July, it comes after the U.S. trimmed the deficit in the previous month to levels not seen since 2009.