MONDAY, Dec. 24

U.S. stock markets close early, at 1 p.m., for Christmas Eve.

TUESDAY, Dec. 25

Stock and bond markets are closed for Christmas Day.

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 26

WASHINGTON — Standard & Poor's releases S&P/Case-Shiller index of home prices for October, 9 a.m.

THURSDAY, Dec. 27

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 new home sales for November, 10 a.m.; The Conference Board releases the Consumer Confidence Index for December, 10 a.m.

FRIDAY, Dec. 28

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