The week ahead in business

Business events scheduled for the coming week:


BERLIN -- Germany's Ifo institute releases its monthly business-confidence index, a key indicator for Europe's biggest economy.

Earnings reports: BancorpSouth, DR Horton, Halliburton, McDonald's


WASHINGTON -- Standard & Poor's releases S&P/Case-Shiller index of home prices for November. The Conference Board releases the Consumer Confidence Index for January. Federal Reserve policy makers begin a two-day meeting to set interest rates.

Earnings reports: 3M, Apple, AT&T, Coach, DuPont, Johnson & Johnson, Lockheed Martin, Procter & Gamble, Sprint, US Steel


WASHINGTON -- Commerce Department releases new home sales for December. Federal Reserve policy makers meet to set interest rates and release statement.

Earnings reports: Boeing, eBay, Facebook, Fiat Chrysler, Pay Pal, Progressive, St. Jude Medical, Tractor Supply


WASHINGTON -- Commerce Department releases durable goods for December. Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims. Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates. National Association of Realtors releases pending home sales index for December.

Earnings reports: Amazon, Caterpillar, Ford, Harley-Davidson, Hershey, Microsoft, Northrop Grumman, Peoples Financial, Raytheon, Sherwin-Williams, Under Armour, Visa


WASHINGTON -- Commerce Department releases fourth-quarter gross domestic product. Commerce Department releases international trade data for December.

Earnings reports: American Airlines, Chevron, Simon Property, Tuesday Morning, Whirlpool, Xerox

-- Staff, wire reports