>> UPDATED 6:30 ET << >> STOCKS – European stocks advanced for a fourth day, the longest streak in two months, after the International Monetary Fund said it is raising its growth outlook for the U.S. economy. Asian shares and U.S. index futures climbed.
>> BONDS – Spanish bonds fell, with 10-year yields reaching a two-week high, amid speculation domestic banks are reducing their holdings of the securities before the European Central Bank reviews their balance sheets next year.
>> COMMODITIES – Natural gas rose to the highest level in more than two years in New York as U.S. inventories declined amid lower temperatures. Investors increased bets on rising prices.
>> CURRENCIES – The dollar dropped for a third day versus the yen, retreating from near a five-year high, amid speculation investors were exiting bets on further gains before year-end after this year’s 20 percent rally.
>> ECONOMIC DATA – CAD GDP and US Personal Spending due at 8:30 ET.