U.S. Stock futures are flat ahead of President Trump's speech. Markets will be looking for comments on trade as President Trump is set to speak today at the Economic Club of New York at noon. On the data front, the NFIB reported that the October small business optimism rose in October, as small businesses are considering increasing inventories and will look to make capital outlays. European shares are higher on improved sentiment after speculation that President Trump may delay auto tariffs on the EU for up to six months. Asian shares closed mostly higher with Japanese shares leading the region.