THE US is back in play now that the Thanksgiving holiday is over. The‚ÄąDow Jones index has been dragged lower by weak European indices, but American investors usually don’t like being led astray by other indices. Monday could well bring a renewed bout of bullishness. Capital Spreads quotes 11,075-11,077 for the Wall Street index (the Dow Jones).

And American consumers are feeling a little more optimistic too. With December approaching, early figures from the US indicate that consumers might be about to start spending again. It would seem a perfect time then to buy the world’s biggest retailer, Wal-Mart. Capital CFDs quotes a price of $53.65-$53.72 on Wal-Mart.

November has seen some big swings in both directions for blue chip shares but with the end result of very little change for the FTSE 100 so far. However, the telecoms business BT Group has put in a stellar performance over recent weeks. Last Friday the share price hit its highest level since September 2008 on news of the sale of some of its stake in an Indian software company. The company also announced strong quarterly figures earlier this month and it has all helped turn around investor sentiment. With the latest surge pulling in momentum traders, it could still have further to run. IG Index offers a spread on BT of 174.50p-174.94p.

With inflation in Germany higher than expected, German consumers might be about to finally start spending. One good pick might be Deutsche Telekom. WorldSpreads quotes a spread of €9.964-€9.984.