Business events scheduled for Thursday

Calendar of major business events scheduled for Thursday

Associated Press

Major business and economic events scheduled for Thursday:

WASHINGTON — Commerce Department releases durable goods for March, 8:30 a.m. Eastern time.

WASHINGTON —Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m.

WASHINGTON —Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m.

BERLIN — Germany's Ifo institute releases its monthly business confidence index, a key indicator for Europe's biggest economy.

AMSTERDAM — Consumer goods giant Unilever PLC, maker of Dove soap and Ben & Jerry's ice cream, reports first quarter results.

GENEVA — Swiss drugmaker Novartis reports fIrst quarter results.

PARIS — French beverage company Pernod Ricard reports its quarterly sales figures.

PARIS — Renault reports first quarter sales.

MUNICH — Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone goes on trial on charges of bribery and incitement to breach of trust connected with a $45 million payment to a German banker.

Aetna Inc. releases quarterly financial results before the market opens.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. releases quarterly financial results before the market opens.

Altria Group Inc. releases quarterly financial results before the market opens.

General Motors Co. releases quarterly financial results before the market opens.

Southwest Airlines Co. releases quarterly financial results before the market opens.

3M Co. releases quarterly financial results before the market opens.

Caterpillar Inc. releases quarterly financial results before the market opens.

United Airlines releases quarterly financial results before the market opens.

Verizon Communications Inc. releases quarterly financial results before the market opens.

UPS releases quarterly financial results before the market opens.

American Airlines Group Inc. releases quarterly financial results before the market opens.

Amazon.com Inc. releases quarterly financial results after the market closes.

Starbucks Corp. releases quarterly financial results after the market closes.

Visa Inc. releases quarterly financial results after the market closes.

Microsoft Corp. releases quarterly financial results after the market closes.

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