The week ahead: Markets close early for Christmas Eve
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Economic Calendar

New economic numbers to be released this week:

Monday

U.S. stock markets • Close early, at 11 a.m. MDT, for Christmas Eve.

Tuesday

Stock and bond markets • Closed for Christmas Day.

Wednesday

Standard & Poor's • S&P/Case-Shiller index of home prices for October

Thursday

Labor Department • Weekly jobless claims;

Freddie Mac • Weekly mortgage rates

Commerce Department • New home sales for November

Conference Board • Consumer Confidence Index for December

Friday

National Association of Realtors • Pending home sales index for November