The week ahead in business: May 16-20

Business events and economic reports scheduled for the coming week:


WASHINGTON -- National Association of Home Builders releases housing market index for May. Treasury releases international money flows data for March.


WASHINGTON -- Labor Department releases Consumer Price Index for April. Commerce Department releases housing starts for April. Federal Reserve releases industrial production for April.

Earnings reports: Cracker Barrel, Home Depot


WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve releases minutes from April interest-rate meeting.

TOKYO -- Japan reports preliminary first-quarter GDP data.

Earnings reports: Cisco, Citi Trends, Hormel Foods, Lowe's, Staples, Target


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

Earnings reports: Aeropostale, Cato, Dick's Sporting Goods, Dollar Tree, Gap, Ross, Stein Mart, Wal-Mart


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

Earnings reports: Campbell Soup, Deere & Co., Hibbett Sports,