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Major business events and economic events scheduled for Thursday

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Amid a relatively crowded slate of economic data due today, one could get a little extra attention.

The Labor Department releases the Consumer Price Index for January this morning. Minutes of last month's Federal Reserve policy meeting show several policymakers expressing concern that the Fed's bond purchasing program could end up feeding inflation. But inflation at the consumer level has been low for the past year, with the CPI rising just 1.7 in 2012.

Also this morning, the Labor Department releases its weekly report on jobless claims.

There also are a couple of fresh looks at the housing market on the schedule, with National Association of Realtors releasing existing home sales for January and Freddie Mac releasing weekly mortgage rates.

And the Conference Board puts out its index leading indicators for January.

Hewlett-Packard, Nordstrom, Safeway and Wal-Mart Stores all are schedule to report quarterly financial results.






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