- U.S. Consumer confidence rose from 105.3 to 109.0, an eight-month high, the New York-based Conference Board reported.
- The National Association of Realtors said that U.S. existing home sales were at an annual rate of 6.28 million units in November, up .6% from October's pace, but still down 10.7% YoY.
- The Chicago Purchasing Managers' index rose from 49.9 to 52.4 in December, more than expected.
- The U.S. Department of Energy said that:
Supplies of crude oil were down 8.1 million barrels last week to 321.0 million barrels.
Supplies of unleaded gasoline were up 3.0 million barrels
Supplies of heating oil were down 800,000 barrels.
- Japan's Nov industrial production rose 0.7% MoM, increasing the chances for a BOJ rate hike in January by 25 bp to 0.50%.
- China's GDP may expand at 10.5% in 2007, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.
- Taiwan's central bank raised its benchmark interest rate by one-eighth percentage point to 2.75%.
- American Trucking Associations’ seasonally adjusted truck tonnage index dropped 3.6% in November, following its 1.9% drop in October,