U.S. stock futures were in mild decline on Wednesday, with traders waiting on minutes from the latest meeting of the Federal Reserve.
Stock-index futures retained losses after data had housing starts falling 2.8 percent and building permits rising 4.8 percent in October.
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The Fed minutes from its October policy meeting are due at 2 p.m. ET and could provide further clues as to the future path of interest rates, as the central bank steps back from monetary easing. The publication of the Fed's September meeting minutes saw U.S. stock markets rally.