NFIB Small Business Optimism Index: Optimism among small business owners cooled in December after November’s surge to 13-year highs, with the NFIB Small Business Optimism Index falling 2.6 points to 104.9. Leading the monthly index below the range of analysts’ expectations and 3 points below the consensus forecast was an 11-point drop in expected business conditions to 37 and a loss of 8 points to minus 1 in plans to increase inventories.
JOLTS: Job openings remain high but did slip 0.8 percent to a lower-than-expected 5.879 million in November vs a downward revised 5.925 million in October. Hires also fell, down 1.9 percent in the month to 5.488 million.
Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank President Neel Kashkari to participate in a moderated Q&A at Cargill Headquarters in Minnesota, with audience Q&A.
Space Exploration Technologies Corp: The second-stage booster section of the Falcon 9 rocket used by SpaceX to launch a military satellite failed, according to people familiar with the matter, with one saying both the booster and the satellite fell into the ocean.
Oil Prices: Monthly average prices for Brent crude have increased every month since July, with the benchmark now close to its highest level since Dec. 2014, and closing in on $70 a barrel.