UPDATED 5:45 ET
>> STOCKS – European and Asian stocks fell to a two-month low. US stock indices trading mixed ahead of the Wall Street opening bell.
>> BONDS – The Treasury’s auction of $21 billion in 10-year notes drew weaker-than-average demand as speculation mounted that the world’s biggest economy is strong enough for the Federal Reserve to reduce bond purchases.
>> COMMODITIES – Copper production in China, the world’s largest user, climbed to a record in November as high treatment and refining fees encouraged smelters to process more material.
>> CURRENCIES – Australia’s dollar declined for a second day after a domestic report showed the unemployment rate climbed to match the highest level since 2009.
>> ECONOMIC DATA – US Core Retail Sales and Unemployment Claims due at 8:30, Business Inventories at 10:00, Natural Gas Storage at 10:30, BOC Gov Poloz Speaks at 1:05 ET.