The world's superpower saw its trade balance deficit narrowing for October to 38.7 billion; better than the predicted deficit of 43.8 billion and the prior revised deficit of 44.6 billion from 44.0 billion.

As for November's Import Price Index for November, it cheerfully rose to 1.3%; better than the forecasted 0.8% and the prior revised reading of 1.0% from 0.9% but cane in at 3.7% for the year ending November, which is better than the predicted reading of 2.9% but lower than the prior revised reading of 3.8% from 3.6%.