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Data deluge set to hit the Street

IN THE NEWS TODAY

U.S. stock futures were higher this morning, after a modest decline on Wall Street Tuesday. Stocks had been much lower earlier in the session on the fallout from Turkey's downing a Russian warplane. (CNBC)

Oil futures fell this morning. Investors took profits after prices rallied to two-week highs Tuesday on warnings from Russia to Turkey about possible repercussions. Meanwhile, the dollar index hit an eight-month high. (Reuters & CNBC)

One of the Russian military pilots, whose plane was shot down by Turkey and crashed in Syria, was safely rescued by a Syrian army commando unit, in a 12-hour operation that ended in the early hours on Wednesday. (AP)

French prosecutors said a man who provided lodging to the Paris attacks ringleader must have known of the terrorist plot. Meanwhile, Belgium issued a warrant for a new suspect. (Reuters)

After a four-day shutdown prompted by a threat alert across Brussels, schools are reopening with the help of tighter security, including police armed with machine guns. (AP)

Americans trying to get out of town for Thanksgiving face more intense aiport screening, longer security lines, and a global warning from the State Department. Passengers are being advised to arrive two-hours prior to their flight times. (NBC News)

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump was peddling one thing to South Carolina voters last night: An alleged innate ability to predict foreign policy trends and events. (NBC News)

Wal-Mart (WMT) may have engaged in misconduct in Brazil, according to the Wall Street Journal quoting people familiar with a U.S. investigation. The case involves alleged foreign bribery in that market.

Toyota (TM) is replacing Takata airbag inflators that it had previously deemed safe in 1.6 million cars in Japan. Meanwhile, Takata employees in the U.S. raised concerns internally about misleading testing. (Reuters & WSJ)

The CDC said at least 19 people were sickened by E.coli linked to rotisserie chicken salad made and sold in Costco (COST). On Friday, the CDC said an E.coli outbreak involving Chipotle (CMG) widened. (CNBC)

Turing Pharmaceuticals, which became a lightning rod for criticism over excessive price increases for older medicines, said it would cut the cost of its anti-infection drug to hospitals. (NBC News)

Hilton Worldwide (HLT) disclosed a data breach related to customer credit and debit card payments. The hotel chain has launched an investigation to see how far the breach has spread. (CNBC)

Yahoo's (YHOO) outlook has been cut to negative by Standard & Poor's, which cited poor prospects for revenue growth and higher costs for acquiring traffic. S&P's credit rating for Yahoo remains at BB+. (CNBC)

A judge is expected to hear different interpretations of how the country's two biggest daily fantasy sports companies operate at a hearing today on whether the businesses should be allowed to continue operating in New York. (AP)

Trian Fund Management, the activist hedge fund run by billionaire investor Nelson Peltz, is ending quarterly redemptions by its new investors, in order to lock in money for longer periods. (Reuters)

Sony (SNE) said its PlayStation 4 videogame console had passed the 30 million mark in sales, two years after its launch. This version of the PlayStation has sold faster than any of its predecessors. (CNBC)

Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, tweeted about the launch and landing of a reusable rocket from his space venture Blue Origin, sparking sharp replies from Elon Musk, who runs rival rival SpaceX. (CNBC)

Uber wants to continue to grow beyond its taxi service, possibly offering deliveries of food and even flu shots, the head of global operations told CNBC. The San Francisco-based firm increasingly sees itself a "logistics platform."

One month after blurring the line between breakfast and other meal times, McDonald's (MCD) is going one step further with the "ChiTown Classic," a breakfast burger mashup sold at participating Chicago locations. (CNBC)

BY THE NUMBERS

With one-and-a-half trading days left this week, the three-year Thanksgiving week winning streak on Wall Street remains in play, with stocks overall hovering near breakeven for Monday and Tuesday. The market will be closed tomorrow for Thanksgiving Day, and open for just a half day on Friday.

The holiday means that several days of economic data are being stuffed into one, beginning with a veritable flood of numbers at 8:30 a.m. ET, including the weekly look at initial jobless claims; durable goods orders for October; and personal income and spending for October.

At 10 a.m. ET, the government issues new home sales for October and the University of Michigan releases its final November consumer sentiment index. Meanwhile, the Energy Department is out with its weekly oil and gasoline inventory numbers at 10:30 a.m. ET, and the day-early release of natural gas inventories at noon ET.

Oil services giant Baker Hughes releases its weekly rig count report at 1 p.m. ET, two days earlier than normal due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

A definitive rise in mortgage rates over the last month is keeping borrowers at bay, with home loan application volume falling 3.2 percent last week, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association.

The biggest small-business event of the year is almost here. Small Business Saturday, two days after Thanksgiving, reigned in more than $14.3 billion for independent stores last year.

STOCKS TO WATCH

Hormel Foods (HRL) has authorized a 2-for-1 stock split, the 10th such move in the company's history. Hormel reported on Tuesday a mixed quarter, beating on earnings and missing on revenue

Deere & Co. (DE) today reported earnings well above estimates. But revenue was light. Deere also warned about a drop in sales for the current quarter and fiscal 2016.

HP Inc. (HPQ) and Hewlett Packard Enterprises (HPE) both warned on outlook, as pre-split Hewlett-Packard issued its final earnings report, missing expectations on both the top and bottom lines.

TiVo (TIVO) missed on earnings but beat on revenue. The digital video recorder maker issued better-than-expected current quarter guidance and record subscriber additions.

BioMarin Pharmaceutical's (BMRN) experimental muscle disorder drug got a negative opinion from an FDA panel, which said efficacy data was not persuasive enough. The full FDA will decide whether to approve the drug at a Dec. 27 meeting.

Blackstone (BX) is close to a deal to sell four Los Angeles office towers for more than $1 billion, according to the Wall Street Journal. Separately, the New York Post reports that Blackstone sold the London Hotel in New York to the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority for $382 million.

EMC (EMC) and VMWare (VMW) shareholders want changes to the deal that sells EMC to computer maker Dell, according to Re/code, before they will vote for it. EMC currently owns a majority stake in VMWare, with both companies to be controlled by Dell after the deal goes through.

WATERCOOLER

Golden State Warriors beat the Los Angeles Lakers last night, improving to 16-0 and for best regular season start in the NBA's 70-year history. The Warriors now have their sights on another long-standing record. (USA Today)

Emirates airline is giving its logo space on the soccer jerseys of Paris Saint-Germain players for today's game, in favor of "Je Suis Paris," which translates to "I am Paris," honoring the terror attack victims. (USA Today)