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5 Things You Must Know Before the Market Opens Wednesday

1. -- U.S. stock futures suggested a mixed start for Wall Street on Wednesday, July 19, with the tech-heavy Nasdaq index looked poised to set another record.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.25% on Tuesday, July 18, weighed down by a slide in shares of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. ( GS) . The Nasdaq rose 0.47% on Tuesday to end at 6,344, surpassing the record close set on June 8. The S&P 500 inched 0.06% higher, scoring a new record of 2,460.

The economic calendar in the U.S. on Wednesday includes Housing Starts for June at 8:30 a.m. ET, and Oil Inventories for the week ended July 14, at 10:30 a.m.

Top economic officials from the U.S. and China, the world's two biggest economies, will meet Wednesday in Washington for the first session of the China-U.S. Comprehensive Dialogue.

2. Discovery Communications Inc. ( DISCA) and Scripps Networks Interactive Inc. ( SNI) are in talks to merge, The Wall Street Journal reported, reviving talks of a merger between the two that fizzled in 2013.

Discovery shares rose 5.6% in premarket trading on Wednesday while Scripps gained 14.7% in after-hours trading on Tuesday.