US STOCKS-Wall St falls after Fed minutes; technicals weigh
* U.S. housing starts, permits tumble in January
* Tesla shares fall in regular trading, soar after the bell
* S&P 500 trades within a point of its record closing high
* Dow off 0.6 pct; S&P 500 down 0.7 pct; Nasdaq off 0.8 pct
By Rodrigo Campos
NEW YORK, Feb 19 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks slid on Wednesday in a late selloff after minutes of the U.S. Federal Reserve's latest policy-setting meeting indicated that the central bank will keep trimming its bond-buying stimulus unless there is a significant economic surprise.
The market also faced technical resistance as the S&P 500 earlier traded within a point of its record closing high set last month.
Minutes from the January meeting of the Federal Reserve's policy-setting committee showed that several policymakers wanted to hone in on the idea that their asset-purchase program would be trimmed in predictable, $10-billion steps unless there is a big economic surprise this year.
The statement doesn't deviate much from previous Fed communications, but market participants have been expecting the Fed to point to recent weakness in the economic data and reinforce their commitment to stimulating the economy. Continuación...