Wall Street's main indexes were little changed at open on Wednesday, as a jump in shares of consumer staples were offset by a drop in financials on the eve of their financial reports.
Kroger rose nearly 7 percent after the grocery chain said it would explore a potential sale of its convenience stores business.
That led the consumer staples index up 0.36 percent.
But those gains were offset by a 0.5 percent drop in financials.
Wall Street banks JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup both report on Thursday. But, analysts warn bank.