Business events scheduled for the coming week
MONDAY, Dec. 10
REDFORD, Mich. — President Barack Obama discusses the economy at a Michigan auto plant.
BERLIN — Germany releases export data for October.
TUESDAY, Dec. 11
WASHINGTON — Commerce Department releases international trade data for October, 8:30 a.m.; Commerce Department releases wholesale trade inventories for October, 10 a.m.; Labor Department releases job openings and labor turnover survey for October, 10 a.m.; Federal Reserve policymakers begin a two-day meeting to set interest rates.
BERLIN — Germany's ZEW institute releases its monthly investor confidence index for Europe's biggest economy.
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 12
WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve releases a statement on interest rates, 12:30 p.m., releases an economic forecast, 2 p.m., and Chairman Ben Bernanke is scheduled to hold a news conference starting at 2:15 p.m.; Treasury releases federal budget for November, 2 p.m.
BRUSSELS — European Union finance ministers meet to seek a deal on how to supervise the region's 6,000 banks, a key requirement to create a banking union.
LONDON — Britain releases monthly unemployment data.
THURSDAY, Dec. 13
WASHINGTON — Labor Department releases weekly unemployment claims, 8:30 a.m.; Commerce Department releases retail sales data for November, 8:30 a.m.; Labor Department releases the Producer Price Index for November, 8:30 a.m.; Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases business inventories for October, 10 a.m.
BRUSSELS — European Union leaders meet for a two-day EU summit; eurozone finance ministers meet to assess the Greek debt buyback program and the Cypriot financial outlook.
FRIDAY, Dec. 14
WASHINGTON — Labor Department releases Consumer Price Index for November, 8:30 a.m.; Federal Reserve releases industrial production for November, 9:15 a.m.
BRUSSELS — European Union leaders meet for a two-day EU summit.