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Business events scheduled for the coming month

TUESDAY, April 1

WASHINGTON -- Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for March, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases construction spending for February, 10 a.m.; General Motors CEO Mary Barra testifies about auto recalls during a hearing before a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee.

DETROIT -- Automakers release vehicle sales for March.

BERLIN -- Germany's Federal Labor Agency releases March unemployment figures for Europe's biggest economy.

BRUSSELS -- Unemployment is expected to remain near a record high for the eurozone when the Eurostat agency releases its latest estimates on Tuesday.

TOKYO -- Japan economic outlook from BOJ. Coincides with sales tax hike.

WEDNESDAY, April 2

WASHINGTON -- Commerce Department releases factory orders for February, 10 a.m.; Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger.

Monsanto Co. reports quarterly financial results before the market opens.

THURSDAY, April 3

WASHINGTON -- Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m.; Commerce Department releases international trade data for February, 8:30 a.m.; Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m.; Institute for Supply Management releases its service sector index for March, 10 a.m.

FRANKFURT, Germany -- European Central Bank's governing council meets to set monetary policy for the Eurozone.

FRIDAY, April 4

WASHINGTON -- Labor Department releases employment data for March, 8:30 a.m.

BERLIN -- Germany's Economy Ministry releases February industrial orders figures for Europe's biggest economy.

Monday, April 7

WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve releases consumer credit data for February, 3 p.m.

BERLIN -- Germany's Economy Ministry releases February industrial production figures for Europe's biggest economy.

TUESDAY, April 8

WASHINGTON -- Labor Department releases job openings and labor turnover survey for February, 10 a.m.

TOKYO -- BOJ monetary policy statement, could involve added stimulus following April 1 tax hike.

WEDNESDAY, April 9

WASHINGTON -- Commerce Department releases wholesale trade inventories for February, 10 a.m.; Federal Reserve releases minutes from March interest-rate meeting.

BERLIN -- Germany's Federal Statistical Office releases export and import data for February.

THURSDAY, April 10

WASHINGTON -- Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m.; Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m.; Treasury releases federal budget for March, 2 p.m.

NEW YORK -- Selected chain retailers release March sales comparisons.

FRIDAY, April 11

WASHINGTON -- Labor Department releases the Producer Price Index for March, 8:30 a.m.

MONDAY, April 14

WASHINGTON -- Commerce Department releases retail sales data for March, 8:30 a.m.; Commerce Department releases business inventories for February, 10 a.m.

TUESDAY, April 15

WASHINGTON -- Labor Department releases Consumer Price Index for March, 8:30 a.m.; Treasury releases international money flows data for February, 9 a.m.; National Association of Home Builders releases housing market index for April, 10 a.m.

BERLIN -- Germany's ZEW institute releases its monthly index of investor confidence in Europe's biggest economy.

GENEVA -- Swiss drugmaker Roche reports first-quarter results.

GENEVA -- Swiss food and drink giant Nestle reports first quarter results.

PARIS -- French dairy and bottled water company Danone reports its first-quarter sales figures.

WEDNESDAY, April 16

WASHINGTON --Commerce Department releases housing starts for March, 8:30 a.m.; Federal Reserve releases industrial production for March, 9:15 a.m.; Federal Reserve releases Beige Book, 2 p.m.

GENEVA --Credit Suisse, the second-largest bank in Switzerland behind UBS, reports its first quarter results.

THURSDAY, April 17

WASHINGTON -- Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m.; Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m.;

FRIDAY, April 18

WASHINGTON -- Conference Board releases leading indicators for March, 10 a.m.

U.S. stock market is closed for Good Friday.

MONDAY, April 21

TUESDAY, April 22

WASHINGTON -- National Association of Realtors releases existing home sales for March, 10 a.m.

WEDNESDAY, April 23

WASHINGTON -- Commerce Department releases new home sales for March, 10 a.m.

PARIS -- Michelin reports first quarter sales.

STOCKHOLM -- Wireless equipment maker Ericsson presents first-quarter results.

THURSDAY, April 24

WASHINGTON -- Commerce Department releases durable goods for March, 8:30 a.m.; Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m.; Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m.

BERLIN -- Germany's Ifo institute releases its monthly business confidence index, a key indicator for Europe's biggest economy.

GENEVA -- Swiss drugmaker Novartis reports first quarter results.

PARIS -- French beverage company Pernod Ricard reports its quarterly sales figures.

PARIS -- Renault reports first quarter sales.

MUNICH -- Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone goes on trial on charges of bribery and incitement to breach of trust connected with a $45 million payment to a German banker.

FRIDAY, April 25

STOCKHOLM -- Electrolux presents first-quarter results.

STOCKHOLM -- Truck maker AB Volvo presents first-quarter results.

MONDAY, April 28

WASHINGTON -- National Association of Realtors releases pending home sales index for March, 10 a.m.

FRANKFURT, Germany -- Drug and chemical company Bayer AG reports first-quarter earnings figures.

PARIS -- French utility GDF-Suez reports its first-quarter earnings.

TUESDAY, April 29

WASHINGTON -- Standard & Poor's releases S&P/Case-Shiller index of home prices for February, 9 a.m.; The Conference Board releases the Consumer Confidence Index for April, 10 a.m.; Federal Reserve policymakers meet to set interest rates.

FRANKFURT, Germany -- Deutsche Bank AG, Germany's biggest bank, reports first-quarter earnings figures.

FRANKFURT, Germany -- Automaker Volkswagen AG reports first-quarter earnings figures.

PARIS -- Sanofi reports first quarter results.

WEDNESDAY, April 30

WASHINGTON -- Commerce Department releases first-quarter gross domestic product, 8:30 a.m.; Labor Department releases the first-quarter employment cost index, 8:30 a.m.; Federal Reserve policymakers meet to set interest rates.

BERLIN -- Germany's Federal Labor Agency releases April unemployment figures for Europe's biggest economy.

FRANKFURT, Germany -- Automaker Daimler AG reports first-quarter earnings figures.

TOKYO -- BOJ policy statement.

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