MONDAY, Dec. 5
WASHINGTON _ Institute for Supply Management releases its service sector index for November, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases factory orders for October, 10 a.m.
BUDAPEST, Hungary _ The finance ministers of Germany, Slovakia and Romania, as well as Hungary's economy minister and the Czech deputy finance minister take part in a roundtable discussion about competitiveness and economic growth in Europe.
ROME _ Italian Cabinet meets to approve austerity measures and structural reforms to spur economic growth amid worsening financial crisis.
TUESDAY, Dec. 6
WASHINGTON _ Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing on the merger of pharmacy benefits companies Express Scripts and Medco.
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 7
WASHINGTON _ Federal Reserve releases consumer credit data for October, 3 p.m.
THURSDAY, Dec. 8
WASHINGTON _ Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m.; Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases wholesale trade inventories for October, 10 a.m.
FRIDAY, Dec. 9
WASHINGTON _ Commerce Department releases international trade for October, 8:30 a.m.