Major business events and economic events scheduled for Thursday:
WASHINGTON _ Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m.
WASHINGTON _ Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m.
WASHINGTON _ Senate Finance Committee hearing on deficit reduction.
Constellation Brands Inc. reports quarterly financial results.
ATHENS, Greece _ Lawmakers vote on the austerity measures implementation bill. The bill must pass for Greece to receive the fifth batch of bailout loans essential to prevent it from defaulting on its debts.
LISBON, Portugal _ Portugal's new coalition government presents its policy plans to Parliament as the country struggles to free itself of debt amid a 78 billion euro bailout and an economic recession aggravated by austerity measures.