With US markets closing early so people can recoup from getting up at 4:00 AM to gather up even more material goods, trading was on the light side. Still, stocks managed to revert to their old bullish ways, gaining back most of what they lost yesterday. As is often the case, NY moved forward after mostly strong trading in overseas markets. The Asia Dow rose 0.22%, with Australia a notable exception to the higher prices. In Europe, UK equities were down slightly, but all other major exchanges closed higher. The odd result: STOXX 600 down 0.13%, but the Europe Dow up 0.81%.