The final holiday gift was a report that consumer sentiment surged during the final 2 months of 2016.
July, August, and September were the best 3 months of U.S. economic growth in 2 years. But data also indicates the rate of economic growth slowed in November.
For only the 2nd time in a decade, the Federal Reserve raised its short-term interest rate target. Meanwhile, both manufacturing output and retail sales were a bit soft during November.
The trade deficit widened and there were fewer job openings in October. On the other hand, new orders for factory orders grew in October while the service sector blossomed in November.