Heads up: Except for the possibility of a Santa Claus rally (or Santa Claus slump), there are few things scheduled that could move the markets...

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Heads up: Except for the possibility of a Santa Claus rally (or Santa Claus slump), there are few things scheduled that could move the markets. On Wednesday, the Conference Board releases its monthly consumer confidence index and on Thursday, the National Association of Realtors reports on existing home sales for November. But because many investors are on the sidelines during the holidays, speculative traders could have a bigger impact on the thinly traded markets.

Monday: U.S. and most international financial markets are closed for the Christmas holiday.

Tuesday: Commercial real-estate brokerage CB Richard Ellis releases its 2005 report on Seattle-area office space, amid indications the economy is picking up steam.

Friday: Last day of 2005 stock trading on Wall Street.

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