The week ahead in business

Benefitfocus reports earnings Tuesday. Wade Spees/Staff

The annual Mobile World Congress opens in Barcelona, Spain, kicking off one of the biggest events of the year for the smartphone, tablet and wearable technology industries. Participants include BlackBerry, Huawei, HTC, LG, Microsoft, Samsung and Sony. It ends Thursday.

Charleston-based software firm Benefitfocus Inc. releases full-year and fourth-quarter earnings for 2015. It will hold a conference call to discuss the results and business outlook at 5 p.m. For the first nine months of 2015, the Daniel Island company reported a $49.6 million loss, which was flat compared to the year-earlier period, on revenue of $130.8 million, which climbed by 35 percent.

Standard & Poor’s releases S&P/Case-Shiller index of home prices for December and the fourth quarter.

National Association of Realtors releases existing home sales for January.

The Conference Board releases the Consumer Confidence Index for February.

Germany’s Ifo institute releases its monthly business confidence index, a key indicator for Europe’s biggest economy and one of South Carolina’s largest trading partners.

U.S. Commerce Department releases new home sales for January.

European jet maker and Boeing Co. rival Airbus reports 2015 earnings.

U.S. Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims.

U.S. Commerce Department releases durable goods for January.

Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates. Last week rates were unchanged after falling for six consecutive weeks. They remained at historically low levels amid worries about the global economy. The average on the 30-year and 15-year fixed-rate mortgages was 3.65 percent and 2.95 percent, respectively.

U.S. Commerce Department releases fourth-quarter gross domestic product and international trade data for January. It also releases personal income and spending for January.

Staff and wire reports