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The Week Ahead: Jan. 5-9

KEY EVENT: Ring in the new. Those shiny, cutting-edge gizmos and gadgets you just unwrapped may soon be dull and outdated. The annual four-day Consumer Electronics Show begins Tuesday in Las Vegas with manufacturers unveiling next-generation smartphones, tablets, TVs and other tech products they hope will be the must-haves of 2015.

MONDAY: Carmakers report motor vehicle sales for December.

TUESDAY: The Commerce Department posts November factory orders. Also, the Institute of Supply Management releases its December services index, a look the health of nonmanufacturing business such as retailing and technology.

WEDNESDAY: The Federal Reserve releases the December meeting minutes. The Fed's decision last month to go slow on raising interest rates sparked a big stock market rally. Also, private-sector jobs added in December as estimated by payroll-processor ADP. And the nation's trade deficit in November from the Commerce Department. Earnings: Melville industrial supplies distributor MSC Industrial Direct.

THURSDAY: Jobless benefits claims for the week ended Jan. 3 from the Labor Department.

FRIDAY: The Labor Department releases unemployment and jobs created in December. The previous report showed more jobs created in November than in any single month since January 2012.


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