US futures are higher despite new questions over the tax plan. Questions of the support of Republican senators for the tax bill have resurfaced as in the last 24 hours, Senators Rubio, Corker, Lee, Flake and Collins have all stated that they are undecided on their vote. The December Empire Manufacturing Survey was reported in-line with estimates at 18. November Industrial Production rose 0.2%, slightly below estimates for a 0.3% increase. European shares are mixed as retail stocks lag. Asian stocks closed mostly lower with technology shares lagging.