Stocks set for lower open after housing, inflation data


U.S. stocks are poised for a slightly higher open Wednesday morning after setting new 13-month highs Tuesday. Investors await key economic data this morning, including consumer prices and housing starts. As traders may step back this morning to assess the recent rally, the same trends that pushed markets higher on Tuesday remain: the dollar has dropped and commodities soared, driving mining stocks higher in overseas markets.

[Update 8:30 a.m.: October housing starts were down 30% from last year, the weakest they have been since April. The CPI rose 0.3% in October on higher energy, car prices. At first glance, these figures seem likely to affect the mood negatively. 8:35 a.m.: Stock market futures are declining, indicating a lower start.]

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