Business events scheduled for the coming month

MONDAY, Jan. 2

New Year’s Day is observed. U.S. stock and bond markets are closed.

TUESDAY, Jan. 3

WASHINGTON — Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for December, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases construction spending for November, 10 a.m.; Federal Reserve releases minutes from December interest-rate meeting.

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 4

WASHINGTON — Commerce Department releases factory orders for November, 10 a.m.

DETROIT — Automakers release vehicle sales for December.

THURSDAY, Jan. 5

WASHINGTON — Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m.; Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m.; Institute for Supply Management releases its service sector index for December, 10 a.m.

NEW YORK — Selected chain retailers release December sales comparisons.

FRIDAY, Jan. 6

WASHINGTON — Labor Department releases employment data for December, 8:30 a.m.

BERLIN — Germany releases industrial orders figures for November.

MONDAY, Jan. 9

WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve releases consumer credit data for November, 3 p.m.

BERLIN — Germany releases export and import data for November and industrial production figures.

TUESDAY, Jan. 10

WASHINGTON — Commerce Department releases wholesale trade inventories for November, 10 a.m.; Labor Department releases job openings and labor turnover survey for November, 10 a.m.

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 11

WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve releases Beige Book, 2 p.m.

BERLIN — Germany releases 2011 growth figures for the country’s economy, Europe’s biggest.

THURSDAY, Jan. 12

WASHINGTON — Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m.; Commerce Department releases retail sales data for December, 8:30 a.m.; Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases business inventories for November, 10 a.m.; Treasury releases federal budget for December, 2 p.m.

FRANKFURT, Germany — European Central Bank’s governing council meets to set interest rates for the eurozone.

FRIDAY, Jan. 13

WASHINGTON — Commerce Department releases international trade data for November, 8:30 a.m.

MONDAY, Jan. 16

U.S. stock and bond markets are closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

TUESDAY, Jan. 17

BERLIN — Germany’s ZEW institute releases its monthly investor confidence index for Europe’s biggest economy.

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 18

WASHINGTON — Labor Department releases the Producer Price Index for December, 8:30 a.m.; Treasury releases international money flows data for November, 9 a.m.; Federal Reserve releases industrial production for December, 9:15 a.m.; National Association of Home Builders releases housing market index for January, 10 a.m.

THURSDAY, Jan. 19

WASHINGTON — Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m.; Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases housing starts for December, 8:30 a.m.; Labor Department releases Consumer Price Index for December, 8:30 a.m.

FRIDAY, Jan. 20

WASHINGTON — National Association of Realtors releases existing home sales for December, 10 a.m.

TUESDAY, Jan. 24

WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve policymakers meet to set interest rates.

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 25

WASHINGTON — National Association of Realtors releases pending home sales index for December, 10 a.m.; Federal Reserve policymakers meet to set interest rates, releasing statement at 12:30 p.m.

BERLIN — Germany’s Ifo institute releases its monthly index of business confidence, a closely watched indicator for Europe’s biggest economy.

THURSDAY, Jan. 26

WASHINGTON — Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m.; Commerce Department releases durable goods for December, 8:30 a.m.; Commerce Department releases new home sales for December, 10 a.m.; Conference Board releases leading indicators for December, 10 a.m.; Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m.

FRIDAY, Jan. 27

WASHINGTON — Commerce Department releases fourth-quarter gross domestic product, 8:30 a.m.

MONDAY, Jan. 30

WASHINGTON — Commerce Department releases personal income and spending for December, 8:30 a.m.

TUESDAY, Jan. 31

WASHINGTON — Labor Department releases the fourth-quarter employment cost index, 8:30 a.m.; Standard & Poor’s releases S&P/Case-Shiller index of home prices for November, 9 a.m.; The Conference Board releases the Consumer Confidence Index for January, 10 a.m.

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