- (Bloomberg) China, the world’s largest steel consumer, will impose provisional duties on some U.S. and Russian imports following anti-dumping and subsidy investigations, escalating a trade spat started in September.
- The U.S. Mortgage Bankers Association said that its index of mortgage applications rose 8.5% last week
- U.S. wholesales rose 1.2% in October
- U.S. Inventories rose 0.3%.
- Japan’s GDP rose 0.3% in the third quarter, but fell5.1% YoY
- Greece's new socialist government promised Wednesday to step up efforts to reduce the growing deficit after a ratings agency downgraded the country's debt rating.
- London bankers reacted with fury to UK government plans to levy a 50% super tax on banks’ bonus payouts.
- Spain has its credit outlook cut to negative from stable by the ratings agency Standard & Poor's, rattling European markets.
- MoM Japanese core machinery orders fell 4.5% in October
- Australian employers added 31,200 workers in November
- The U.S. Department of Energy said:
Supplies of crude oil fell 3.8 million barrels to 336.1 million barrels
Supplies of gasoline rose 2.2 million barrels
Supplies of heating oil supplies fell 700,000 barrels.
Refinery use rose from 79.7% to 81.1% of capacity
Gasoline demand rose 1.2% YoY
Distillate demand fell 8.3% YoY
- Sugar output in Brazil’s Center South is estimated at 28.9 million metric tons, down from November’s projection of 29.3 million tons.
- With roughly 12% of the U.S. corn crop still in the field, some are concerned that crop could lodge, or fall down, due to the snow and winds approaching 50 miles per hour.