Business events and economic reports scheduled for the coming week:

All times are Eastern.

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 23

WASHINGTON — Commerce Department releases new home sales for July, 10 a.m.

Lowe's Companies Inc. reports quarterly financial results before the market opens.

THURSDAY, Aug. 24

WASHINGTON — Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m.; Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m.; National Association of Realtors releases existing home sales for July, 10 a.m.

FRIDAY, Aug. 25

WASHINGTON — Commerce Department releases durable goods for July, 8:30 a.m.

BERLIN — Germany's Ifo institute releases its monthly business confidence index, a key indicator for Europe's biggest economy.