Business events scheduled for the coming week
MONDAY, Dec. 17
MADRID — Hundreds of thousands of people in Madrid are expected to take to the streets in evening protests against the conservative government's anti-crisis austerity measures and reforms.
TUESDAY, Dec. 18
WASHINGTON — Commerce Department releases current account trade deficit for the third quarter, 8:30 a.m. Eastern; National Association of Home Builders releases housing market index for December, 10 a.m.
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 19
WASHINGTON — Commerce Department releases housing starts for November, 8:30 a.m.
FRANKFURT, Germany — Germany's Ifo institute releases its monthly survey of business optimism
THURSDAY, Dec. 20
WASHINGTON — Commerce Department releases third-quarter gross domestic product, 8:30 a.m.; Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m.; National Association of Realtors releases existing home sales for November, 10 a.m.; Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m.; Conference Board releases leading indicators for November, 10 a.m.
FRIDAY, Dec. 21
WASHINGTON — Commerce Department releases personal income and spending for November, 8:30 a.m.