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Here are the 10 most important stories for investors Monday morning

Vice president-elect Mike Pence, President-elect Donald Trump and Mitt Romney leave the clubhouse after their meeting at Trump International Golf Club, November 19, 2016 in Bedminster Township, New Jersey.
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Vice president-elect Mike Pence, President-elect Donald Trump and Mitt Romney leave the clubhouse after their meeting at Trump International Golf Club, November 19, 2016 in Bedminster Township, New Jersey.

A daily morning look at the financial stories you need to know to start the day.

STOCKS/ECONOMY

-Stock futures are a bit higher ahead of an abbreviated Thanksgiving week. Candidate selections by the Trump transition team are likely to be the biggest market movers.

-Mortgage rates are at their highest level since July 2015.

TRUMP TRANSITION

-Retired Marine Corps General James Mattis has emerged as the leading contender for Defense Secretary. Vice President-elect Mike Pence says Mitt Romney is being very seriously considered for Secretary of State. The Treasury Secretary post is reportedly between Steven Mnuchin and Rep. Jeb Hensarling. And Wilbur Ross is reportedly the leading candidate for Commerce Secretary.