The day ahead: Tuesday


The economy’s health and minutes from the last FOMC meeting will take center stage, with a spate of earnings also on the docket.

When the government announces revised third quarter GDP figures at 8:30 am EST, analysts expect weaker numbers than previously reported as companies slashed inventories. The initial reading came in at 3.5 percent but economists in a Reuters poll now see a softer 2.9 percent.

In the afternoon, investors will get a look at the minutes of the FOMC’s Nov 3-4 policy meeting and will be looking for any sign the Fed is preparing to exit its ultra-easy policy.

On the earnings side of the coin, H.J. Heinz, Barns and Noble and Borders Group, along with American Eagle and Warner Music Group will unveil their latest results.