U.S. futures were flat on Thursday as investors mulled over comments from the Federal Reserve.
German prosecutors could wrap up an investigation into alleged market manipulation by senior Volkswagen executives this year, the prosecutors said on Thursday, after ordering the carmaker to pay 1 billion euros (881 million pounds) to settle claims of emissions cheating.
Britain's main stock index stumbled on Thursday as equities across Europe sold off, with investors positioning for a European Central Bank policy shift following a hawkish outlook from the U.S. Federal Reserve.
Australia & New Zealand Banking Group (AX:ANZ) said on Thursday it will cut about 60 staff positions from its markets division across the world due to "challenging" conditions and "ongoing headwinds".
Euro zone bond yields tumbled and the euro headed for its biggest daily loss versus the dollar in eight months on Thursday after the European Central Bank indicated it would not be raising interest rates through the summer of 2019.