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Week Ahead

Today

•Commerce Department releases durable goods for December

•National Association of Realtors releases pending home sales index for December

Tuesday

•Standard & Poor’s releases S&P/Case-Shiller index of home prices for November

•The Conference Board releases the Consumer Confidence Index for January

•Federal Reserve policymakers begin a two-day meeting to set interest rates

Wednesday

•Commerce Department releases fourth-quarter gross domestic product

Thursday

•Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims

•Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates

•Commerce Department releases personal income and spending for December

Friday

•Labor Department releases employment data for January

•Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for January

•Commerce Department releases construction spending for December

•Automakers release vehicle sales for January

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