The week ahead in business (April 18-22)

Business events and economic reports scheduled for the coming week:


WASHINGTON -- National Association of Home Builders releases housing market index for April.

Earnings reports: Hasbro, IBM, Morgan Stanley, Netflix, Pepsico


WASHINGTON -- Commerce Department releases housing starts for March.

Earnings reports: Hancock Holding Co., Harley-Davidson, Intel, Johnson & Johnson, UnitedHealth Group, Yahoo


WASHINGTON -- National Association of Realtors releases existing home sales for March.

Earnings reports: American Express, BancorpSouth, Coca-Cola, Dish Network, Mattel, McClatchy, St. Jude Medical, Tractor Supply, Yum Brands


WASHINGTON -- Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims. Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates.

FRANKFURT, Germany -- The European Central Bank's governing council meets to set monetary policy for the 19-country eurozone.

Earnings reports: Alphabet, DR Horton, General Motors, Microsoft, Pinnacle Entertainment, Sherwin-Williams, Southwest Airlines, Starbucks, UnderArmour, Union Pacific, Verizon, Visa


Earnings reports: American Airline, Caterpillar, Daimler, General Electric, Honeywell, McDonald's, Twitter

-- Staff and wire reports