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Calendar: What investors need to know for next week

The following is a daily rundown of the economic reports and corporate earnings that will be grabbing the market's attention in the week ahead. Figures in brackets for earnings are Thomson Reuters mean estimates per share and usually represent adjusted earnings. Economic forecasts are based on economists surveys conducted by Dow Jones.

Monday, Dec. 16

(9 a.m. ET) Canadian Real Estate Association releases MLS sales for November.

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(830 a.m. ET) U.S. Empire State Manufacturing Survey for December.

(830 a.m. ET) U.S. productivity and costs for the third-quarter.

(830 a.m. ET) U.S. PMI Manufacturing flash index.

(915 a.m. ET) U.S. industrial production and capacity utilization.

Tuesday, Dec. 17

(830 a.m. ET) Canadian manufacturing sales for October.

(830 a.m. ET) U.S. Consumer Price Index for November. Economists are looking for a rise of 0.1 per cent, after declining 0.1 per cent in October.

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(10 a.m. ET) U.S. housing market index for December, forecast to rise to 55 from 54.

Wednesday, Dec. 18

(830 a.m. ET) Canadian wholesale trade for October.

(830 a.m. ET) U.S. housing starts for November. They are expected to come in at an annualized rate of 950,000.

(2 p.m. ET) FOMC meeting announcement and economic forecasts. Fed press conference to follow at 230 p.m.

Earnings include:

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FedEx Corp. (1.64)

General Mills Inc. (0.88)

Lennar Corp. (0.62)

LGI Homes Inc. (0.41)

Oracle Corp. (0.67)

Thursday, Dec. 19

(830 a.m. ET) U.S. releases jobless claims for last week.

(10 a.m. ET) U.S. Philadelphia Fed survey for December, forecast to come in at 10.0 from the last reading of 6.5.

(10 a.m. ET) U.S. existing home sales for November, forecast to fall to 5.05 million annualized from 5.12 million.

Earnings include:

Accenture Plc (1.09)

Carnival Corp. (Nil)

Cintas Corp. (0.69)

ConAgra Foods Inc. (0.56)

Darden Restaurants Inc. (0.21)

Discover Financial Services (1.20)

KB Home (0.46)

Navistar International Corp. (-1.54)

Nike Inc. Class B (0.58)

Pier 1 Imports Inc. (0.27)

Red Hat Inc. (0.35)

Rite Aid Corp. (0.04)

Winnebago Industries Inc. (0.38)

Worthington Industries Inc. (0.54)

Friday, Dec. 20

(830 a.m. ET) U.S. GDP revision for the third quarter, expected to stay at a growth rate of 3.6 per cent.

(830 a.m. ET) Canadian consumer price index for November.

(830 a.m. ET) Canadian retail sales for October.

Earnings include:

BlackBerry (-0.44)

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