Eds: Major scheduled events for the week of Dec. 15-21. Note that many events are subject to change at the last minute.
The following economic reports will be issued in Washington (all times EST):
SUNDAY: No events of note.
MONDAY: Labor Department releases revised third-quarter productivity data, 8:30 a.m. Eastern; Federal Reserve releases industrial production for November, 9:15 a.m.
TUESDAY: Commerce Department releases current account trade deficit for the third quarter, 8:30 a.m.; Labor Department releases Consumer Price Index for November, 8:30 a.m.; National Association of Home Builders releases housing market index for December, 10 a.m.; Federal Reserve policymakers begin a two-day meeting to set interest rates.
WEDNESDAY: Commerce Department releases housing starts for November, 8:30 a.m.; Federal Reserve policymakers release a statement on interest rates, 2 p.m.; Senate Finance subcommittee hearing on retirement security.
THURSDAY: 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: Commerce Department releases final third-quarter gross domestic product, 8:30 a.m.
SATURDAY: No events of note.
SUNDAY, DEC. 15
No events of note.
MONDAY, DEC. 16
HSBC releases preliminary China purchasing managers' index for December.
Secretary of State John Kerry visits Vietnam and the Philippines, through Dec. 18.
WASHINGTON — Supreme Court issues orders.
WASHINGTON — House on break until Jan. 7.
WASHINGTON — General Motors CEO Dan Akerson speaks at the National Press Club.
WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke speaks about the central bank's centennial.
TUESDAY, DEC. 17
WASHINGTON — Supreme Court on break until Jan. 13.
WASHINGTON — Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on the Navy Yard shooting.
BERLIN — Germany's ZEW institute releases its monthly investor confidence index for Europe's biggest economy.
SYDNEY — The Australian government releases new economic data on the country's balance sheet.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 18
WASHINGTON — Senate Finance subcommittee hearing on retirement security.
WASHINGTON — Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee hearing on Asia.
BERLIN — Germany's Ifo institute releases its monthly business confidence index, a key indicator for Europe's biggest economy.
FedEx Corp. reports quarterly financial results before the market open.
Oracle Corp. reports quarterly financial results after the market close.
Neiman Marcus reports quarterly financial results after the market close.
THURSDAY, DEC. 19
FRANKFURT, Germany — Europe's financial stability watchdog, the European Systemic Risk Board, holds a regular quarterly meeting.
STOCKHOLM — Scandinavian airline group SAS AB releases full-year report.
Darden Restaurants Inc. reports quarterly financial results before the market open.
Nike Inc. reports quarterly financial results after the market close.
FRIDAY, DEC. 20
Walgreen Co. reports quarterly financial results before the market open.
SATURDAY, DEC. 21
No events of note.