Business events scheduled for the coming week
MONDAY, March 4
BRUSSELS — Finance ministers of the 17-nation eurozone meet to discuss details of a bailout for cash-strapped Cyprus, further steps of assistance for Portugal and Ireland as well as the controversial issue of direct banking recapitalization through Europe's permanent rescue fund.
TUESDAY, March 5
WASHINGTON — Institute for Supply Management releases its service sector index for February, 10 a.m. Eastern.
GENEVA — The Geneva Motor Show opens for the media.
WEDNESDAY, March 6
WASHINGTON — Commerce Department releases factory orders for January, 10 a.m.; Federal Reserve releases Beige Book, 2 p.m.; House Finance Services subcommittee hearing on the mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
Staples Inc. reports quarterly financial results.
THURSDAY, March 7
WASHINGTON — Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m.; Commerce Department releases international trade data for January, 8:30 a.m.; Labor Department releases fourth-quarter productivity data, 8:30 a.m.; Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m.; Federal Reserve releases consumer credit data for January, 3 p.m.
NEW YORK — Several chain retailers release February sales comparisons.
H&R Block Inc. reports quarterly financial results.
The Kroger Co. reports quarterly financial results.
FRANKFURT, Germany — European Central Bank's governing council meets to set monetary policy for the eurozone.
BERLIN — Germany releases January industrial orders figures.
FRIDAY, March 8
WASHINGTON — Labor Department releases employment data for February, 8:30 a.m.; Commerce Department releases wholesale trade inventories for January, 10 a.m.
BERLIN — Germany releases January industrial production figures.