Here are the 10 most important stories for investors Tuesday morning

An Iranian woman raises her fist amid the smoke of tear gas at the University of Tehran during a protest driven by anger over economic problems, in the capital Tehran on December 30, 2017.
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A daily morning look at the financial stories you need to know to start the day.


-Stock futures are higher to begin the first day of trading for 2018.

-Gold is near a 3-month high at the $1,313 per ounce level.


-U.S. crude prices are flat and holding at the $60 a barrel level. Unrest in Iran is the "x-factor" in energy trading now. Gasoline prices are at $2.48 a gallon, national average. That's 4 cents more per gallon than a week ago today.