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This Week's Datebook

November 24, 2003|From Times Wire Services

Here are the key economic events scheduled for the week.

Monday:

* New York Stock Exchange's new board of directors meets for the first time.

* Consumer Federation of America releases its annual survey of worst consumer scams.

* Federal rules take effect allowing consumers to take existing phone numbers with them when they switch wireless carriers.

Tuesday:

* Commerce Department reports on gross domestic product, third quarter, preliminary.

* National Assn. of Realtors reports on existing home sales for October.

* Brookings Institution holds forum on progress of economic reform in Russia.

* Public Interest Research Group issues annual report on most hazardous toys.

* Center for Strategic and International Studies and American Bar Assn. host separate discussions on hemispheric free-trade talks.

* Conference Board releases its report on consumer confidence for November.

Wednesday:

* Chicago commodities and futures markets close early for Thanksgiving.

* Commerce Department reports on personal income and spending for October, and on durable goods orders and new-home sales, also for October.

* Federal Reserve releases "beige book," its survey of regional economic conditions.

* Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, reports on mortgage rates.

* Labor Department reports on weekly jobless claims.

* University of Michigan releases consumer sentiment survey for November.

Thursday:

* Thanksgiving. Stock and bond markets, banks and most businesses closed.

Friday:

* Stock markets close early.

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