KEY EVENT: Weathering the storms. Despite the cold and snow, Long Island employers picked up the pace of hiring in 2015, creating more new jobs in January and February than the last four months of 2014 combined. A look at whether the trend continued as spring approached comes Thursday when the state Labor Department posts Long Island jobs added in March.

MONDAY: Earnings from Pep Boys and Commerce Bancshares.

TUESDAY: Retail sales from the Commerce Department and producer prices from the U.S. Labor Department, both for March. Earnings: Johnson & Johnson, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo.

WEDNESDAY: The Federal Reserve Bank of New York posts the April Empire State Index, an indicator of whether the state's manufacturing sector is expanding. Also, the U.S. Federal Reserve releases March industrial production and the April beige book, a collection of current economic information that hasn't made its way into official data yet. Earnings: Bank of America, Netflix.

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THURSDAY: Housing starts for March from the Commerce Department and jobless benefits claims for the week ended April 11 from the U.S. Labor Department. Earnings: Citigroup, Goldman Sachs.

FRIDAY: The U.S. Labor Department releases March consumer prices, the nation's most-watched inflation gauge. Earnings: General Electric.