Oil in focus amid light holiday trading

Stock markets around the world ‎have been steady for the most part overnight with many traders either on holiday or preparing for the holidays. US index futures and the Dax are flat this morning while the FTSE is down 0.2%.

The spotlight for today is on crude oil which is up 0.5% so far today with natural gas jumping 2.2%. A big ‎4.2 mmbbl drawdown offset last week's surprise API increase tWhich was an outlier not confirmed by DOE anyway). Oil may remain active through DOE inventories due mid-morning with the street expecting a 2.5 mmbbl drawdown.

‎Spain's IBEX is down 1.0% today dragged by its banking sector following a European Court of Justice ruling ordering them to return money to customers related to interest rate floors on mortgages. The impact of this news appears contained to Spain as the Euro is up slightly today.

In currency action, gold and JPY are also up a bit while GBP and CAD are trading down slightly. Thursday brings a flurry of data from several countries before scheduled‎ news drops off for the rest of 2016.

Corporate News

There have been no major corporate announcements so far today.

Economic News

US API crude oil inventories (4.2 mmbbls)

New Zealand trade balance ($705M) vs street ($500M)

Upcoming significant economic announcements include:

10:00 am EST US existing home sales street 5.50M

10:30 am EST US DOE crude oil inventories street (2.5 mmbbls)
10:30 am EST US DOE gasoline inventories street 1.3 mmbbls