U.S. stock indices rose on Wednesday ahead of the Federal Reserve's meeting minutes later today, with banking shares leading the charge.
The Fed raised interest rates in its last meeting for the first time in a year, so investors are paying a particular interest into the minutes of that meeting, which could confirm the bank's intention to hike rates three more times in 2017.
On the other hand, Wall Street was still buoyed by upbeat U.S. manufacturing data yesterday, specially as markets look forward to U.S. president Donald Trump's stimulus program.
On the other hand, the dollar fell against major currencies today before the Federal Reserve's meeting minutes, which buoyed shares of American exporters.
Standard and Poor's 500 rose 0.42%, or 9.40 points to 2,267.23, while Dow Jones climbed 0.08%, or 15.22 points to 19,896.98.
Tech-heavy NASDAQ advanced 0.45%, or 24.55 points to 5,453.63.