Stock futures edge lower, as the market comes to grips with the fact that the Fed is going to start tapering; S&P and Dow -0.2%, Nasdaq -0.3%.
European markets slide lower, as investors digest mixed economic data from the continent and the Fed's potential move.
With stocks on the defensive, bonds are enjoying a steady bid, as the 10-year Treasury sits just off its high with the yield down four bps at 2.81%.
U.S. regulators are set to introduce details of the Volcker rule intended to limit banks' risk taking, which could take a significant bite out of bank profits.
Still ahead: job openings, wholesale trade.
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