Futures for U.S. markets were lower late Wednesday, but investors on Thursday may take a run at bumping the Dow Jones Industrials over the record 20,000 mark amid a handful of economic indicators.
The Dow and the S&P 500 slid 0.04% at 9:14 p.m. EST while Nasdaq lost 0.09%.
Investors will ponder a handful of economic indicators, including jobless claims and non-farm payroll, Thursday. Wednesday they digested the minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee's December meeting in which the panel contemplated the impact of Donald Trump's presidency on the economy.
Investors were apparently reassured, leaving the Dow 0.3%, the S&P 0.57% and Nasdaq 0.88% higher Wednesday.
European investors weren't so happy after inflation there hit a three-year high in December at 1.1%. Germany's Dax and France's Cac both ended the day unchanged, while the FTSE in London added 0.17%.
Asian markets were mixed in early Thursday trade amid slipping oil prices and a falling dollar. Japan's Nikkei fell 0.25% and the Kospi in South Korea 0.15% while the ASX in Australia added 0.31% and the Hang Seng in Hong Kong 1.08% at 9:43 p.m. EST.
In oil, a barrel of the industry standard--Brent crude--fell 0.35%, to $56.26, at 9:37 p.m. EST, while a barrel of its North American counterpart slipped 0.28%, to $53.11. Both prices reflect futures for delivery in March and February, respectively.
The dollar index measures the currency against several international peers and slipped 0.42% at 9:40 p.m. EST.