Major business events and economic events scheduled for Thursday:
WASHINGTON _ Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m.
WASHINGTON _ Labor Department releases Consumer Price Index for February, 8:30 a.m.
WASHINGTON _ Federal Reserve releases industrial production for February, 9:15 a.m.
WASHINGTON _ Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m.
WASHINGTON _ House Natural Resources Committee hearing on gasoline prices.
WASHINGTON _ Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on putting the new health law into place.
NEW YORK _ Conference Board releases leading indicators for February, 10 a.m.
FedEx Corp. releases quarterly financial results.
Nike Inc. releases quarterly financial results after the market closes.
BEIJING _ U.S. Chamber of Commerce president Tom Donohue visits Beijing.