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US futures quiet ahead of central bank minutes

August 19, 2013

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock futures are almost at a standstill as markets await minutes from the central bank’s July economic policy meeting.

The Federal Reserve releases those minutes Wednesday. There are no major earnings or other economic indicators out Monday.

Dow Jones industrial futures are down a point to 15,037. S&P futures have added a tenth of a point to 1,651.200. Nasdaq futures are up 3 points to 3,072.75.

Investors may be in a holding pattern until the next round of earnings reports from retailers arrives Tuesday.

The retail sector got off to a dismal start last week. Wal-Mart, Macy’s and Nordstrom cut their outlooks for the year.

Target, the Gap, Home Depot, Saks and others report quarterly earnings this week.

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