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 _ Commerce Department releases wholesale trade inventories for October, 10 a.m.
WASHINGTON _ House Agriculture Committee hearing on the MF Global bankruptcy. The committee has subpoenaed former Sen. Jon Corzine to testify about his role leading the brokerage firm that collapsed after a disastrous bet on European debt.
Brown-Forman Corp. reports quarterly financial results.
Costco Wholesale Corp. reports quarterly financial results.
Smithfield Foods Inc. reports quarterly financial results.