Calendar of major business events scheduled for Thursday

Economic Indicators Associated Press

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Major business and economic events scheduled for Thursday:

WASHINGTON — Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Mortgage company Freddie Mac releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m.

WASHINGTON — 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.

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BRUSSELS — European Union leaders meet with the top agenda item an ambitious plan to use EU seed money and loan guarantees to jumpstart investment and revive the EU's growth and job creation rates.