Global stocks dip after Trump impeachment vote

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2019, file photo specialist Thomas McArdle, left, and trader Jonathan Corpina, right, work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Wednesday, Dec. 18. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) (Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

NEW YORK, NY – Global stock markets mostly dipped Thursday after the U.S. House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump and the central banks of Japan and Britain kept their interest rates low.

The London stock index was up slightly while Frankfurt, London and Shanghai were little changed and Tokyo retreated. Wall Street futures were stable ahead of the open.

The House vote sends Trump's case to the Senate for trial. Republicans who control the Senate say they plan to acquit him.

Trump is accused of abusing his office by pressing the government of Ukraine to investigate a potential political rival ahead of next year's presidential election. He also is accused of obstructing efforts by Congress to investigate that allegation.

The outcome will be “greater polarization, and a rapid Senate dismissal of the charges made in the House, and then even greater polarization,” Rabobank said in a report.

In Europe, London's FTSE 100 was up less than 0.1% at 7,541 and Frankfurt's DAX was down 0.6% at 13,148. France's CAC 40 shed 0.2% to 5,946.

On Wall Street, futures for the benchmark Standard & Poor's 500 index and the Dow Jones Industrial Average were flat.

The S&P closed up Wednesday less than 0.1% while the Dow dropped 0.1%. The Nasdaq composite rose 0.1% to a record.