Wall Street end record high post the US Fed meet minutes

The major index futures are now pointing to a slightly lower open for the markets, with the Dow futures down by 9 points.

Wednesday's release of the Fed's September meeting minutes showed that although officials struggled to come to term with persistently low inflation, some were anxious that low unemployment could result in a quick rebound in inflation, and a third rate hike was needed.

Asset management firm BlackRock (BLK) also reported third quarter earnings and revenue that came in above analyst estimates.

In the bond market, treasuries are showing a lack of direction ahead of the release of the Fed minutes.

All three major indices ended at records, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.2 percent to 22,872.89, its second straight record.

The broad-based S&P 500 rose 0.2 percent to 2,555.24, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index advanced 0.3 percent to 6,603.55.

In overseas trading, stock markets across the Asia-Pacific region moved mostly higher during trading on Wednesday. While the German DAX Index crept up by 0.2, the U.K.'s FTSE 100 Index dipped by 0.1 percent and the French CAC 40 Index closed just below the unchanged line.

In commodities trading, crude oil futures are inching up USD0.03 to USD50.95 a barrel after jumping USD1.34 to USD50.92 a barrel on Tuesday.

The Canadian dollar was trading at 79.90 cents US, down from Tuesday's average price of 79.99 cents U.S. Gold futures, which climbed USD8.80 to USD1,293.80 an ounce in the previous session, are slipping USD1.70 to USD1,292.10 an ounce. Against the euro, the dollar is valued at USD1.1835 compared to yesterday's USD1.1808.