The week ahead

Owe money to the Internal Revenue Service? Payments are due Monday in most states.


Most U.S. taxpayers must either file their federal income tax returns and pay any taxes owed or seek an six-month extension. The deadline was moved ahead by three days this year because the federal government recognized April 15 as Emancipation Day as a holiday. And taxpayers in Maine and Massachusetts, where Patriots’ Day is observed on the April 18, have until Tuesday to file.

The National Association of Home Builders releases housing market index for April.


U.S. Commerce Department releases housing starts for March.


The National Association of Realtors releases existing home sales for March.


U.S. Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims.

Freddie Mac releases weekly mortgage rates. Last week, average long-term U.S. mortgage rates edged down to their lowest levels of the year, offering a continued incentive for purchasing during the spring home-buying season. The benchmark 30-year fixed-rate loan touched its lowest point in nearly three years, since May 2013, to 3.58 percent. The average rate on 15-year fixed-rate mortgages declined to 2.86 percent from 2.88 percent last week.

The European Central Bank’s governing council meets to set monetary policy for the 9-country eurozone.


Automaker Daimler releases its first-quarter earnings figures. The German carmaker is investing $500 million to expand its North Charleston plant operated by subsidiary Mercedes-Benz Vans LLC.

Staff and wire reports