I'll suggest two possibilities, both trend lines that may or may not turn out to be meaningful, one good, one bad. The good one is that jobless claims are falling a bit more...the four-week average is now below 450K, and at its lowest level, an AP story I'm looking at says, since before things went really south in September 2008.
The bad one is that after a summer in which year-to-year American and coalition deaths in Afghanistan had flattened out, casualties are back up this month. November is usually the start of a winter lull in casualties, but not this year (at least so far); in fact, this November is already the worst ever for American military deaths.
That's what I have. What do you think mattered this week?