Business events and economic reports scheduled for the coming week

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All times are Eastern.

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MONDAY, May 18

WASHINGTON — National Association of Home Builders releases housing market index for May, 10 a.m.

TUESDAY, May 19

WASHINGTON — Commerce Department releases housing starts for April, 8:30 a.m.

WEDNESDAY, May 20

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WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve releases minutes from April interest-rate meeting.

TOKYO — First estimate of GDP for January-March.

THURSDAY, May 21

WASHINGTON — Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m.; National Association of Realtors releases existing home sales for April, 10 a.m.; Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m.

FRIDAY, May 22

WASHINGTON — Labor Department releases Consumer Price Index for April, 8:30 a.m.

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

TOKYO — Japan's central bank ends monetary policy meeting.