Politics & Government

The week ahead

Major business events and economic events scheduled for the coming week (some dates are tentative; times are PST):

Monday

U.S. financial markets are closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Tuesday

WASHINGTON: Treasury bill auction, 11 a.m.

Wednesday

WASHINGTON: Labor Department reports on producer price index for December, 5:30 a.m.; Federal Reserve reports on industrial production for December,

6:15 a.m., releases survey of regional economic conditions, 11 a.m.

Thursday

NEW YORK: Conference Board reports its monthly Leading Economic Indicators Index, 7 a.m.

WASHINGTON: Labor Department reports on consumer price index for December, weekly jobless claims, 5:30 a.m.; Commerce Department reports on housing starts for December, 5:30 a.m.; Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, reports on mortgage rates.

WASHINGTON: Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke testifies before

the Senate Budget Committee on the long-term fiscal challenges facing the United States.

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