Business events and economic reports scheduled for the coming week

Industrials Associated Press

All times are Eastern

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MONDAY, Dec. 15

WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve releases industrial production for November, 9:15 a.m.; National Association of Home Builders releases housing market index for December, 10 a.m.

TOKYO — Bank of Japan's quarterly "tankan" survey of business sentiment, which may offer insights into whether the economy will bounce back from recession in the current quarter.

TUESDAY, Dec. 16

WASHINGTON — Commerce Department releases housing starts for November, 8:30 a.m.; Federal Reserve policymakers begin a two-day meeting to set interest rates.

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BERLIN — Germany's ZEW institute releases its monthly index of investor confidence in Europe's biggest economy.

CHINA — HSBC preliminary China manufacturing PMI.

SYDNEY — The government to outline Australia's worsening deficit problem due in part to a slump in iron ore and coal prices.


WASHINGTON — Labor Department releases Consumer Price Index for November, 8:30 a.m.; Commerce Department releases current account trade deficit for the third quarter, 8:30 a.m.; Federal Reserve policymakers release a statement on interest rates, 2 p.m.

TOKYO — Monthly trade data for November that according to preliminary data may show a narrowing of the trade deficit thanks to rising exports and cheaper oil prices.

FedEx Corp. reports quarterly financial results before the market opens.


WASHINGTON — Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m.; Mortgage company Freddie Mac releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m.; Conference Board releases leading indicators for November, 10 a.m.

BERLIN — Germany's Ifo institute releases its monthly business confidence index, a key indicator for Europe's biggest economy.