We will open higher based upon some high profile mergers in the Oil & Retail Pharmacy sectors. 1) Watch to see if we hold any of the gains towards the end of the day. 2) Compare this Merger Monday to Merger Monday`s in November which typically would push the dow up 125.00, to judge relative strength of the market at these elevated levels. 3)Market Focus ... Monday - Dec 18, 2006 Another gain in the NAHB-WFC housing market index would boost rising expectations that the worst of the housing slowdown is over. 4) key economic data released Tuesday. ICSC-UBS Store Sales 7:45 ET Housing Starts 8:30 ET Producer Price Index 8:30 ET 5) How does the dollar hold up this week? Does it give back some of its recent gains this week?