Business events scheduled for the coming month 

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 1

WASHINGTON — Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for January, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases construction spending for December, 10 a.m.; House Budget Committee hearing on the budget and the economy, with Douglas Elmendorf, director of the Congressional Budget Office.; Senate Budget Committee hearing on the outlook for countries that share the euro as their currency.

DETROIT — Automakers release vehicle sales for January.

THURSDAY, Feb. 2

WASHINGTON — Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m.; Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m.; Labor Department releases fourth-quarter productivity data, 8:30 a.m.; Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke testifies before the House Budget Committee about the state of the economy.; House Financial Services subcommittee hearing on the collapse of the MF Global financial firm.

NEW YORK — Selected chain retailers release January sales comparisons.

BEIJING — German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel speaks on international economic and financial policy.

FRIDAY, Feb. 3

WASHINGTON — Labor Department releases employment data for January, 8:30 a.m.; Institute for Supply Management releases its service sector index for January, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases factory orders for December, 10 a.m.

MONDAY, Feb. 6

TUESDAY, Feb. 7

WASHINGTON — Labor Department releases job openings and labor turnover survey for December, 10 a.m.; Federal Reserve releases consumer credit data for December, 3 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 8

THURSDAY, Feb. 9

WASHINGTON — Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m.; Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases wholesale trade inventories for December, 10 a.m.

FRIDAY, Feb. 10

WASHINGTON — Commerce Department releases international trade data for December, 8:30 a.m.; Treasury releases federal budget for January, 2 p.m.

MONDAY, Feb. 13

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama releases his budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.

TUESDAY, Feb. 14

WASHINGTON — Commerce Department releases retail sales data for January, 8:30 a.m.; Commerce Department releases business inventories for December, 10 a.m.

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 15

WASHINGTON — Treasury releases international money flows data for December, 9 a.m.; Federal Reserve releases industrial production for January, 9:15 a.m.; National Association of Home Builders releases housing market index for February, 10 a.m.; Federal Reserve releases minutes from January interest-rate meeting.

THURSDAY, Feb. 16

WASHINGTON — Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m.; Labor Department releases the Producer Price Index for January, 8:30 a.m.; Commerce Department releases housing starts for January, 8:30 a.m.; Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m.

FRIDAY, Feb. 17

WASHINGTON — Labor Department releases Consumer Price Index for January, 8:30 a.m.; Conference Board releases leading indicators for January, 10 a.m.

MONDAY, Feb. 20

U.S. stock and bond markets are closed for Washington's Birthday.

BRUSSELS — European Union finance ministers meet in Brussels.

TUESDAY, Feb. 21

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 22

WASHINGTON — National Association of Realtors releases existing home sales for January, 10 a.m.

THURSDAY, Feb. 23

WASHINGTON — Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m.; Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m.

FRIDAY, Feb. 24

WASHINGTON — Commerce Department releases new home sales for January, 10 a.m.

MONDAY, Feb. 27

WASHINGTON — National Association of Realtors releases pending home sales index for January, 10 a.m.

TUESDAY, Feb. 28

WASHINGTON — Commerce Department releases durable goods for January, 8:30 a.m.; Standard & Poor's releases S&P/Case-Shiller index of home prices for December and the fourth quarter, 9 a.m.; The Conference Board releases the Consumer Confidence Index for February, 10 a.m.

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 29

WASHINGTON — Commerce Department releases fourth-quarter gross domestic product, 8:30 a.m.; Federal Reserve releases Beige Book, 2 p.m.

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