Heads up: On Monday, the Institute for Supply Management releases its monthly manufacturing index; its service-sector index is out Wednesday. Tuesday, major automakers report U.S. auto sales. Wednesday’s reports includethe Federal Reserve’s “Beige Book” and the Labor Department’s third-quarter productivity figures. On Thursday, the Commerce Department releases October factory orders and major retailers report November sales results. The week ends with an attention-grabber — Friday’s report on the U.S. jobless rate for November.
Monday: Washington Mutual employees will know by this day whether they are keeping their jobs after JPMorgan Chase’s buyout of the company. JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon is in town; he’ll speak to employees in the morning and to business and civic leaders at lunchtime. … The Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace counts ballots that will determine the outcome of union contracts covering nearly 20,400 Boeing engineers and technical workers.
Thursday: The Northwest Multiple Listing Service releases Puget Sound-area home sales numbers. … Starbucks webcasts its Biennial Analyst Conference in New York, 5-9:30 a.m. Seattle time, at http://investor.starbucks.com.