By The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — European stock markets drifted lower Friday as investors hunkered down for a likely U.S. rate hike next month after a signal from Fed chief Janet Yellen. Volkswagen shares were little changed after the company announced plans to cut 30,000 jobs as part of a restructuring package to deal with a fallout from an emissions-rigging scandal. KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, France's CAC 40 was down 0.4 percent to 4,510 while Germany's DAX fell 0.1 percent to 10,675. The FTSE 100 index of leading British shares was 0.4 percent lower at 6,765. U.S. stocks were poised for a lower opening with Dow futures and the broader S&P 500 futures down 0.5 percent. RATE HORIZON: After a week when market moves were being largely driven by the election of Donald Trump as the next U.S. president, the focus has increasingly turned to the prospect of a rate hike from the Federal Reserve next month. In remarks to Congress on Thursday, Yellen suggested the U.S. central bank is on track to raise interest rates when policymakers hold their final meeting of the year in December. She said the improving U.S. economy has bolstered the case for raising rates, in comments that increased certainty for investors. The Fed raised its key interest rate in December 2015 but it's still at ultralow levels that have fueled a multiyear global stock market boom. DOLLAR BUOYANT: Predictions of a rate hike have been one of the main reasons why the dollar has been buoyant over recent weeks. Also supporting the dollar has been the sharp rise in U.S. bond yields following Trump's election as traders price in the prospect of more expansionary fiscal policy and a higher inflation profile. As a result, the dollar has risen to near year-highs against the euro and six-month highs against the yen. On Friday, it was fairly steady, with the euro unchanged at $1.0618 and the dollar flat at 110.14 yen.