US Futures are higher after economic data. Jobless claims for the week ending 12/16 rose 20K to 245K, above expectations of 233K. The third look at third quarter GDP came in at 3.2%, slightly below estimates of 3.3%. The Philadelphia Fed index beat expectations in December at 26.2. European shares have reversed earlier losses and are mostly higher with most sectors advancing. Asian shares closed mixed. The Bank of Japan left monetary policy unchanged as they see the economy expanding moderately.