WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Traders will get a look at the government's weekly jobless numbers Thursday. The Labor Department will also release the Consumer Price Index for July. And the Federal Reserve will report on July's industrial production.
On the home front, Freddie Mac will release weekly mortgage rates this morning and the National Association of Home Builders' August housing market index comes out.
Two more big retailers report quarterly financial results today: Wal-Mart Stores; and Nordstrom.