US DATA: (1) Data starts at 1330GMT with initial jobless claims and the
ISM-NY Business Index. Claims remain on a downward trend, as
seasonal-adjustment factors expect unadjusted gains in the coming weeks,
so the seasonally-adjusted data could decline. At 1445GMT, the Chicago
PMI is expected to fall slightly to a reading of 62.0 in December. Other
regional data already released have suggested solid gains in the factory
sector. US data then continues with the 1500GMT release of NAR Pending
Home Sales.