Here are 10 things you should know for Monday, Dec. 2:
1.-- U.S. stock futures were flat to slightly higher Monday as Wall Street returns from the Thanksgiving holiday and awaits a bevy of data this week on manufacturing, home sales and jobs.
European shares were mostly lower. Asian stocks ended Monday's session with losses as two surveys showed Chinese manufacturing barely expanded in November. Japan's Nikkei 225 index declined 0.04% while China's Shanghai's Composite Index fell 0.6%.
2.-- The economic calendar in the U.S. Monday includes the ISM Index for November at 10 a.m. EST, and construction spending for September and October at 10 a.m.
3.-- U.S. stocks on Friday closed mixed amid Black Friday sales, as trading resumed for an abbreviated session following the Thanksgiving holiday. The S&P 500 rose for most of the day but closed down 0.08% to 1,805.75. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.08% to 16,084.74. The Nasdaq finished up 0.37% to 4,059.89.
But total spending for the start of the holiday shopping season was expected to fall for the first time ever since the trade group began tracking it in 2006, according to the survey. Over the four days, spending fell an estimated 2.9% to $57.4 billion, The Associated Press reported.
Shoppers, on average, were expected to spend $407.02 during the four days, down 3.9% from last year, the survey said.