WORLD HEADLINES – The Federal Reserve is back in the financial-market spotlight, with strengthening speculation that an interest rate hike is imminent buoying the dollar for an eighth day against the yen, dragging gold lower, and spurring the yield on two-year Treasuries to the most in 10 years versus German notes.
STOCKS – S&P 500 Index futures traded lower, after U.S. equities gained 0.4 percent in the last session.
BONDS – While reports this week speculating on a paring of ECB stimulus weighed on the region’s bonds, the spread signaled that the policy-divergence view regarding the Fed and the ECB is still intact.
COMMODITIES – Crude oil drifted higher, after advancing 2.3 percent to a three-month high on Wednesday.
CURRENCIES – The US dollar climbed against most of its peers following further evidence that the world’s biggest economy is sufficiently robust to cope with higher borrowing costs.
ECONOMIC DATA – US ECB Monetary Policy Meeting Accounts due at 7:30, US Unemployment Claims and CAD Building Permits at 8:30, Natural Gas Storage at 10:30, CAD Gov Council Member Wilkins Speaks at 11:50 ET.