Major business events and economic events scheduled for Thursday:
WASHINGTON _ Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m.
WASHINGTON _ Commerce Department releases first-quarter gross domestic product, 8:30 a.m.
WASHINGTON _ Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m.
NEW YORK _ Selected chain retailers release May sales comparisons.
BERLIN _ Germany releases May unemployment figures.
ROME _ Italy's central bank gives its annual address to shareholders on the state of the Italian economy.