The trade deficit broadened to its widest level since January in October, according to the latest from the Commerce Department. The foreign-trade gap in goods and services expanded 8.6 percent from September to a seasonally adjusted $48.73 billion, according to the report.
While imports climbed a healthy 1.6 percent, exports were essentially unchanged over the month. While the U.S. continued to ship high volumes of petroleum, those export gains may have been offset by higher holiday shopping; consumer goods imports increased roughly $800 million.
Bond investors are awaiting the ultimate make-up of the Republican tax bill and its cost. The Senate narrowly passed a major tax bill over the weekend, briefly launching the Dow Jones industrial average more than 300 points during Monday's trade. The index closed roughly 50 points higher and was set to hit an all-time high Tuesday.
Aside from tax reform and ongoing rumblings surrounding the current U.S. administration's relationship to Russia, other news set to shake up sentiment Tuesday concerns the Supreme Court. On Monday, the court allowed the Trump administration to fully enforce a ban on travel to the U.S., for residents of six mostly-Muslim countries.
Lastly, the Senate committee on banking, housing and urban affairs will meet in executive session to consider the nomination of Jerome Powell as the next chairman of the Federal Reserve.