Futures for U.S. markets were in the green late Wednesday, indicating investors are hoping to rekindle the Trump rally Thursday after catching their breath on Wednesday.
The Dow Jones Industrials were up 0.15%, the S&P 500 0.21% and Nasdaq 0.31% at 9:07 p.m. ET.
Investors Thursday may be looking to push indexes higher once again after taking a breather Wednesday. Still, a strengthening dollar and the prospect of a much-prophesied December interest rate hike are tampering investor sentiment for continuing the post-election, pre-Christmas rally.
The Dow ended Wednesday 0.29% lower, trailed by a 0.19% decrease in the S&P. Meanwhile, Nasdaq added 0.36%. The U.S. may have been mixed but Europe was completely in the red as investors there tired of the Trump rally. Germany's Dax pared 0.66%, the FTSE in London 073% and the Cac in Paris 0.78%.
As Thursday got underway in Asia, traders there also had trouble picking a direction. Japan's Nikkei was off 0.08% and South Korea's Kospi lost 0.03%, but the ASX in Australia was up 0.25% and Hong Kong's Hang Seng 0.3% at 9:13 p.m. ET.
In energy, oil continued its decline on worries Russia would keep pumping oil with a barrel of industry standard Brent crude off 0.36% at $46.46 and a barrel of U.S. crude going for $45.47, a decline of 0.22%. The prices represent futures for delivery in January and December, respectively, and were current as of 9 p.m. ET.
In currencies, the pound slipped 0.214%, to $1.2417, while the yen gained 0.19%, to ¥109.073.