US STOCKS-Wall St to dip at open, Fed minutes eyed

miércoles 19 de noviembre de 2014 10:11 GYT

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By Rodrigo Campos

NEW YORK, Nov 19 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks were set to open slightly lower on Wednesday following record closing highs for both the Dow and S&P 500 and ahead of minutes from the most recent Federal Reserve policy meeting.

U.S. housing starts unexpectedly fell in October but a jump in permits to near a 6-1/2-year high suggested the housing market was steadily regaining strength.

The Fed is set to publish minutes from the Federal Open Market Committee's October policy meeting at 2:00 p.m. EST (1900 GMT).

The minutes are expected to show the Fed's path is diverging from other major central banks that are increasing their stimulus programs. This view has helped strengthen the U.S. dollar, weighing on crude oil and other commodity prices.   Continuación...