Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Stock futures are higher on emerging signs that the White House and Congress are moving closer to a budget deal.
Dow Jones industrial futures are up 46 points to 13,230. The broader S&P futures have added 5.8 points to 1,432.80. Nasdaq futures are up 19 points to 2,681.
President Barack Obama appears to be backing away from once immovable negotiating points.
A new proposal drops President Obama's long-held insistence that taxes rise on individuals earning more than $200,000 and families making more than $250,000. He is now offering a new threshold of $400,000 and is lowering his 10-year tax revenue goals he had argued for a few weeks ago.
The Commerce Department will release its quarterly current account trade deficit report Tuesday, and economists expect those numbers to narrow.