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Monday, Dec. 5

The U.S. Institute for Supply Management issues its non-manufacturing index for November. Economists expect a reading of 53.8.

The U.S. Commerce Department reports on factory orders in October. Economists expect a drop of 0.3 per cent.

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Companies reporting:

Dollar General Corp.

Tuesday, Dec. 6

The Bank of Canada makes its interest rate announcement. Economists expect the key rate to remain unchanged at 1 per cent.

Statistics Canada reports on building permits in October. Economists expect an increase of 1.6 per cent.

Companies reporting:

Autozone Inc.

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Bank of Montreal

Canadian Western Bank

Major Drilling Group International Inc.

Wednesday, Dec. 7

Companies reporting:

Dollarama Inc.

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Laurentian Bank of Canada

Thursday, Dec. 8

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. reports on housing starts in November. Economists expect 200,000 annualized starts.

The Bank of Canada publishes its financial system review.

The U.S. Labour Department reports on initial jobless claims for the week ending Dec. 3. Economists expect 395,000 new claims.

Companies reporting:

Bioniche Life Sciences Inc.

Harry Winston Diamond Corp.

National Bank of Canada

Transcontinental Inc.

Friday, Dec. 9

Statistics Canada reports on the international merchandise trade balance in October. Economists expect a surplus of $680-million.

Statscan reports on labour productivity in the second quarter. Economists expect a drop of 0.2 per cent from the previous period.

The U.S. Commerce Department reports on the international trade balance. Economists expect a deficit of $43.7-billion (U.S.).

Companies reporting:

Del Monte Foods Co.

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