Heads up: December typically is one of the best-performing months for stocks, but the market may be weak in the early part of the month...

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Heads up: December typically is one of the best-performing months for stocks, but the market may be weak in the early part of the month before the bulls take over, according to the Almanac Investor. Reports to keep an eye on this week include Tuesday’s third-quarter figures on worker productivity and labor costs, and factory orders for December.


Monday: The Northwest Multiple Listing Service is scheduled to release the Puget Sound area’s November home-sales statistics. … John Stammerich, Boeing vice president, homeland security, speaks at the Thomas Weisel Partners Security Technology conference in New York. Stammerich’s remarks will be webcast on the Boeing Web site at 5:30 a.m. and available on archives for late risers…. Washington Mutual Chairman Kerry Killinger will give a presentation at the Goldman Sachs Financial Services CEO Conference in New York at 12:15 p.m. Live audio webcast at wamu.com/ir


Thursday: Mike Bair, Boeing vice president and general manager of the 787 program, will deliver the keynote speech at the Snohomish County conservation-awards breakfast hosted by the Cascade Land Conservancy at the Everett Events Center at 7:30 a.m. … The Economic Development Council of Snohomish County will have its annual dinner at the Everett Events Center starting at 5 p.m. Cost: $55. Information: 425-743-4567.