The Associated Press

Major business events and economic events scheduled for Thursday:

WASHINGTON â¿¿ Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m.

NEW YORK â¿¿ Retailers release sales data for December.

NEW YORK â¿¿ Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates at 10 a.m.

Constellation Brands Inc. releases quarterly financial results.

Monsanto Co. releases quarterly financial results.

BERLIN â¿¿ German Economy Ministry releases industrial orders figures for November.
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