Here are the 10 most important stories for investors Tuesday morning

Oil field workers on a rig in Tioga, North Dakota.
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A daily morning look at the financial stories you need to know to start the day.


-Stock futures are flat after another record high close for the Dow Monday. We get the trade deficit figures for November later this morning and that's a number that suddenly might become more important to the markets in the Donald Trump era.


-U.S.crude prices are down about 1 percent to the $51 a barrel level. Gasoline prices rose overnight to $2.18 a gallon, national average.

-The Trump team is vowing to quickly review the Obama administration's decision to block the Dakota Access pipeline.