Markets weak waiting for government figures

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The market is waiting for the release of the minutes from the Federal Reserve's most recent policy meeting.

European markets, which often lead Wall Street, are treading water as markets wait to see minutes from October's FOMC policy meeting.

Investors are looking for further evidence that the central bank will continue its stimulus program into 2014, extending the huge bond-buying spree that has supported the U.S. economic recovery and helped boost stock markets to record levels.

Ben Bernanke made a speech that indicated Fed support was likely to continue into 2014.

Markets are also waiting for the monthly Consumer Price Index from the U.S. Labor Department, which is the government's key measure of inflation.

Also, the Census Bureau will publish its monthly report on retail sales.

The National Association of Realtors will release its monthly report on existing home sales.