Major business events and economic events scheduled for Thursday:
WASHINGTON _ President Barack Obama holds a White House forum on jobs and economic growth.
WASHINGTON _ Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee hearing on the nomination of Ben Bernanke for another term as Federal Reserve chairman.
NEW YORK _ Major retailers report November sales results.
WASHINGTON _ Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m.
WASHINGTON _ Labor Department releases revised third-quarter productivity, 8:30 a.m.
NEW YORK _ The Institute for Supply Management releases its service sector index for November, 10 a.m.
FRANKFURT _ European Central Bank's governing council meets to set interest rates for the 16-nation euro zone.
HORSHAM, Pa. _ Toll Brothers Inc. reports fourth-quarter financial results.
WASHINGTON _ Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates.
WASHINGTON _ House Agriculture subcommittee hearing on the costs and benefits of agricultural subsidies.
WASHINGTON _ House Financial Services Committee hearing on Internet gambling.