Futures for U.S. markets were unusually mixed late Wednesday as the Chicago Cubs led the Cleveland Indians in the final game of the 2016 World Series.
Futures for the Nasdaq were off 0.11% while the S&P 500 gained 0.08% and the Dow Jones Industrials gained 0.15% at 9:28 p.m. EDT.
Investors presumably had one eye on the game and another on fluid poll numbers following the FBI's bombshell that it would take a look at previously undiscovered e-mails from Hillary Clinton's private server. Investors fear a drop in equities should Donald Trump win.
The Fed also met Wednesday but, other than leaving interest rates unchanged, gave no concrete indication of whether it's planning a much-prophesied December rate increase.
Election jitters left the Nasdaq off 0.93% Wednesday while the Dow slipped 0.43% and the S&P 0.65%, the S&P's seventh consecutive daily decline.
European shares didn't fare any better Wednesday, with a renewed drop in oil also hitting energy shares. Germay's Dax lost 1.47%, the FTSE in London 1.04% and the Cac in Paris 1.24%.
Meanwhile, Asia opened mixed on the second-to-last trading day of the week with Japan's Nikkei off 1.76%, the Kospi in South Korea up 0.23% and the ASX in Australia 0.09% higher at 9:50 p.m. EDT.
Oil investors halted the commodity's fall as Asia awoke with a future for a barrel of industry standard Brent crude delivered in January gaining 1.11%, to $47.38, at 9:40 p.m. EDT. A future for a barrel of West Texas crude delivered in December gained 1.04%, to $45.81.