US Futures are higher after the Senate passed the tax bill. The bill will now move back to the House to pass for a second time after slight adjustments had to be made. Later this morning the market will get a look at November existing home sales as well as crude inventories from last week. European shares are mostly lower as household goods lagged due to Steinhoff International‚Äôs continued plunge on accounting irregularities. Asian stocks closed mixed as the Japanese Nikkei and the Australian ASX 200 managed to close positive.