Business events and economic reports scheduled for the coming week:
All times are Eastern.
MONDAY, Dec. 17
WASHINGTON — National Association of Home Builders releases housing market index for December, 10 a.m.; Treasury releases international money flows data for October, 4 p.m.
TUESDAY, Dec. 18
WASHINGTON —Commerce Department releases housing starts for November, 8:30 a.m.; Federal Reserve policymakers begin a two-day meeting to set interest rates.
BERLIN — Germany’s Ifo institute releases its monthly business confidence index, a closely watched indicator for Europe’s biggest economy.
FedEx reports quarterly financial results after the market closes.
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 19
WASHINGTON — Commerce Department releases current account trade deficit for the third quarter, 8:30 a.m.; National Association of Realtors releases existing home sales for November, 10 a.m.; Federal Reserve policymakers release a statement on interest rates, 2 p.m.
THURSDAY, Dec. 20
WASHINGTON — Mortgage company Freddie Mac releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m.
FRIDAY, Dec. 21
WASHINGTON —Commerce Department releases durable goods for November, 8:30 a.m.; Commerce Department releases third-quarter gross domestic product, 8:30 a.m.; Commerce Department releases personal income and spending for November, 8:30 a.m.