Stock futures little changed after rally

STEVE ROTHWELL AP Markets Writer Published:

NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. stock futures were little changed in pre-market trading on Wednesday following the market's longest rally this year. Stocks soared a day earlier after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said she would continue the central bank's market-friendly, low-interest rate policies.

-- KEEPING SCORE: Dow Jones industrial average futures climbed 14 points to 15,945 with 30 minutes to go before the opening bell. Standard & Poor's 500 index futures gained one point to 1,815 and the Nasdaq futures climbed seven points to 3,621.

-- DEERE EARNINGS: Deere & Co. rose $1.54, or 1.8 percent, to $89 in pre-market trading after the company's earnings beat analysts' expectations. High crop prices in recent years have put money into farmers' pockets and driven a boom in demand for Deere's tractors and other farming equipment.

-- GLOBAL GAINS: Global stock markets rose Wednesday after Yellen's comments. Stronger Chinese trade figures and the avoidance of another U.S. debt ceiling fight also helped markets. Stocks around the world appear to be bouncing back from recent turmoil prompted by uncertainties over emerging economies.

-- TREASURYS AND COMMODITIES: The yield on the 10-year Treasury note climbed to 2.74 percent from 2.73 percent on Tuesday. Oil rose $1.23, or 1.2 percent, to $101.17 a barrel. The price of gold was little changed at $1,290.30 an ounce.