The day ahead: Friday
* Barack Obama makes his first trip to Asia as president, leaving behind a host of domestic problems on a visit that recognizes the region’s economic and diplomatic importance to the United States.
* Google and a group representing authors and publishers face a Friday Department of Justice-set deadline to submit a revised agreement over modifications to a controversial electronic books licensing deal.
* Initial public offerings from Dollar General, a leading discount chain owned by KKR, and rue21, a fast growth youth apparel chain owned by Apax Partners, begin trading on the NYSE.
* On the economic front, expect international trade data and a preliminary reading on the November Reuters/University of Michigan sentiment index.