The Associated Press

Major business events and economic events scheduled for Thursday:

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

WASHINGTON â¿¿ Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m.

WASHINGTON â¿¿ Labor Department releases fourth-quarter productivity data, 8:30 a.m.

WASHINGTON â¿¿ Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke testifies before the House Budget Committee about the state of the economy.

WASHINGTON â¿¿ House Financial Services subcommittee hearing on the collapse of the MF Global financial firm.

NEW YORK â¿¿ Selected chain retailers release January sales comparisons.

Dow Chemical Co. reports quarterly financial results.

Kellogg Co. reports quarterly financial results.

Mastercard Inc. reports quarterly financial results.

Merck & Co. Inc. reports quarterly financial results.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. reports quarterly financial results.

Viacom Inc. reports quarterly financial results.

European oil company Royal Dutch Shell PLC reports quarterly financial results.

European consumer goods company Unilever NV reports quarterly financial results.

German bank Deutsche Bank reports quarterly financial results.

Luxury goods maker LVMH reports quarterly financial results.

Japanese electronics and entertainment company Sony Corp. reports quarterly financial results.

Japanese automaker Mazda reports quarterly financial results.

BEIJING â¿¿ German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks on international economic and financial policy.

MADRID â¿¿ Spain holds an auction of bonds maturing in 2015, 2016, and 2017.

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