Stocks fell on Wednesday morning as investors weighed new retail sales and producer price data, and awaited the release of minutes from the Federal Reserve's last meeting. The Commerce Department reported that U.S. retail sales rose a seasonally adjusted 5.3% in January, up from a decline of 1.0% in December and well above the Reuters consensus forecast of 1.1% growth. The Labor Department said that its producer price index rose 1.3% in January, up from 0.3% in December and the strongest gain since December 2009. The Dow fell 0.2%, the S&P 0.6%, and the Nasdaq 1.2%. Crude oil traded near $60 per barrel, while gold fell $18 to $1781 per ounce.