Business events scheduled for Thursday

Markets Associated Press

Major business and economic events scheduled for Thursday:

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All times are Eastern

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

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

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

Union Pacific Corp. reports quarterly financial results before the market opens.

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American Express Co. reports quarterly financial results after the market closes..