NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- U.S. stock futures were mixed after weekly initial jobless claims slipped 17,000 to 297,000, and European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said the central bank would "reassess monetary stimulus achieved" in the the next quarter.
"Early next year the Governing Council will reassess the monetary stimulus achieved, the expansion of the balance sheet and the outlook for price developments," Draghi said in a speech. "Should it become necessary to further address risks of too prolonged a period of low inflation, the Governing Council remains unanimous in its commitment to using additional unconventional instruments within its mandate."
The ECB announced earlier Thursday that it was leaving its key rate unchanged at 0.05%. The ECB, convening for its final meeting of the year, by and large wasn't expected to introduce new stimulus measures. Last month, the central bank announced it had begun to purchase asset-backed securities in a move to stimulate the eurozone, which has suffered from slowing manufacturing and high unemployment.
U.S. jobless claims came in just above economists' estimates for a total 295,000. A week earlier, claims climbed above 300,000 for the first time since September.
The release comes ahead of the Labor Department's monthly jobs figures on Friday. Economists expect 230,000 jobs to have been added over the month, higher than October's 214,000 total. The unemployment rate is forecast to remain at 5.8%.
Dow Jones Industrial Average futures slid 0.08%, S&P 500 futures fell 0.1%, and Nasdaq futures gained 0.05%.
Plug Power (PLUG) surged nearly 15% before the bell Thursday after announcing a multi-year contract worth $20 million with an undisclosed telecom company.
Express (EXPR) shares were tumbling 12% in premarket trading after guiding for full-year earnings as high as 76 cents a share, below analysts' estimates of 82 cents.
Sears (SHLD) were unchanged after reporting a third-quarter loss of $2.71 a share, narrower than forecast, and revenue down nearly 13%.
Best Buy (BBY) added 1.3% on plans to exit China. The retailer said it would sell its Jiangsu Five Star Appliance Unit to Zhejiang Jiayuan Real Estate Group.
Supermarket chain Kroger (KR) reported an 11% jump in revenue to $25 billion and beat analysts' earnings estimates. Shares rose 3%.
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--Written by Keris Alison Lahiff in New York.