On Friday, December 23, investors await a host of economic data points. At 10 a.m. EDT, new home sales figures for November are released, which are expected to rise to 580,000, compared to 563,000 in October. Also at 10 a.m., the University of Michigan's consumer sentiment index is out for December. Then at 1 p.m., the weekly Baker-Hughes (BHI) rig count report is released. In light of the Christmas holiday this weekend, the bond market closes at 2 p.m. Friday. TheStreet's Scott Gamm reports from Wall Street.