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

WASHINGTON â¿¿ National Association of Realtors releases pending home sales index for March, 10 a.m.

Aetna Inc. reports quarterly financial results.

Altria Group Inc. reports quarterly financial results.

Amazon.com Inc. reports quarterly financial results.

Chrysler reports quarterly financial results.

The Dow Chemical Co. reports quarterly financial results.

Exxon Mobil Corp. reports quarterly financial results.

Kellogg Co. reports quarterly financial results.

PepsiCo Inc. reports quarterly financial results.

Safeway Inc. reports quarterly financial results.

Starbucks Corp. reports quarterly financial results.

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

United Continental Holdings Inc. reports quarterly financial results.

United Parcel Service Inc. reports quarterly financial results.

Zynga Inc. reports quarterly financial results.

Dutch oil and gas company Royal Dutch Shell PLC reports quarterly financial results.

German bank Deutsche Bank AG reports quarterly financial results.

German automaker Volkswagen AG reports quarterly financial results.

French telecommunications equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent reports quarterly financial results.

Japanese video game system maker Nintendo reports quarterly financial results.

Japanese automaker Hyundai Motor reports quarterly financial results.

BERLIN â¿¿ Germany releases its preliminary inflation figure.

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