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Before the bell: Stock rally fizzles as Fed returns to focus

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Global stocks look set to take a breather on Wednesday, ahead of the release of minutes from the last Federal Reserve policy meeting.

U.S. stock index futures were relatively flat. Futures for the Dow Jones industrial average were down 18 points. Futures for the broader S&P 500 were down about 2 points, a day after the benchmark index snapped a three-day losing streak with an 11-point rally.