By The Associated Press
Major business events and economic events scheduled for Thursday:
WASHINGTON â¿¿ Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m. Eastern.
WASHINGTON â¿¿ Commerce Department releases retail sales data for November, 8:30 a.m.WASHINGTON â¿¿ Labor Department releases the Producer Price Index for November, 8:30 a.m. WASHINGTON â¿¿ Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m. WASHINGTON â¿¿ Commerce Department releases business inventories for October, 10 a.m. BRUSSELS â¿¿ European Union leaders meet for summit dedicated to trying to create a deeper economic and political union. BRUSSELS â¿¿ Eurozone finance ministers meet to assess the Greek debt buyback program and the Cypriot financial outlook.