Here are the 10 most important stories for investors Wednesday morning

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


-Stock futures are mixed after Tuesday's mostly flat close.

-Mastercard says U.S. shoppers spent a record $800 billion this Christmas season.


-Shell Oil says the new tax reform law will have a "favorable impact" on its operations. It will provide details in its next earnings statement, but the boost could be worth up to $2.5 billion. Daimler says the tax reform law will boost its annual earnings by 1.7 billion euros. BMW says it will get a 1.55 billion euro boost. Chubb insurance is expecting a $250 million immediate boost from the tax law.