The week ahead: Markets close early for Christmas Eve
New economic numbers to be released this week:
U.S. stock markets • Close early, at 11 a.m. MDT, for Christmas Eve.
Stock and bond markets • Closed for Christmas Day.
Standard & Poor's • S&P/Case-Shiller index of home prices for October
Labor Department • Weekly jobless claims;
Freddie Mac • Weekly mortgage rates
Commerce Department • New home sales for November
Conference Board • Consumer Confidence Index for December
National Association of Realtors • Pending home sales index for November
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