European markets ended lower corporate earnings weighed on sentiment. Results from oil major Shell and drinks group Diageo missed expectations, while Deutsche Bank posted a $3.5 billion quarterly loss on legal and restructuring charges. Telecoms equipment maker Ericsson bucked the trend, posting strong gains after beating expectations.
Asian markets ended mixed, with the Hang Seng slipping 0.4%.
Gold prices dropped nearly 1%, while oil was down 0.8% in the commodities market. The yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury note fell to 1.9% from 2% on Wednesday. The U.S. dollar fell versus the euro and the British pound, but gained against the Japanese yen.