A daily morning look at the financial stories you need to know to start the day.
-Stock futures are slightly higher after a small gain for the Dow on Monday. We get the October retail sales report this morning.
-U.S. crude prices are up 3 percent to the $44 a barrel level on renewed hopes that OPEC will cut production. But gasoline prices fell another penny overnight to $2.15 a gallon, the new national average.