NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Here are 10 things you should know for Thursday, Sept. 11:
1. -- U.S. stock futures were pointing slightly lower on Thursday following European stocks to the downside on growth concerns over China and nervousness about next week's vote on Scotland's independence.
Japan's Nikkei 225 index rose 0.8% but most other Asian benchmarks closed lower.
2. -- The economic calendar in the U.S. on Thursday includes weekly initial jobless claims at 8:30 a.m. EDT, and the Treasury budget for August at 2 p.m.
3. -- U.S. stocks on Wednesday finished with gains, getting a boost from the information technology sector, specifically stocks such as Apple (AAPL) , Yahoo! (YHOO) and a handful of social media issues led by Twitter (TWTR) .
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4. -- President Obama outlined in a televised address Wednesday evening his plan to destroy militants from the group Islamic State. The president also said he's authorizing U.S. airstrikes inside Syria for the first time, along with expanded strikes in Iraq.
The president said the mission won't involve any U.S. combat troops.