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US stock futures are mostly flat this morning, as investors are awaiting jobless claims and consumer confidence data. Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 1 point to 13,049.00 and S&P 500 index futures fell 0.20 points to 1,413.30. Nasdaq 100 futures climbed 2.25 points to 2,630.75.

US stocks closed lower on Wednesday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropping 0.19% to 13,114.59, the S&P 500 index falling 0.48% to 1,419.83 and the Nasdaq 100 index declining 0.74% to 2,990.16.

Data on initial jobless claims will be released at 8:30 a.m. ET. The Conference Board's consumer confidence index for December and new home sales for November will be released at 10 a.m. ET.

Diodes (NASDAQ: DIOD) agreed to buy BCD Semiconductor Manufacturing (NASDAQ: BCDS) for around $151 million.

Medifast (NYSE: MED) appointed Joseph Kelleman as its new interim Chief Financial Officer.

Matson (NYSE: MATX) announced its plans to buy the assets of Reef Shipping for undisclosed sum.

European markets were mostly higher today. The STOXX Europe 600 Index rose 0.10%, London's FTSE 100 Index gained 0.20%, German DAX 30 Index dropped 0.14% and French CAC 40 Index rose 0.27%.

Asian markets ended mostly higher, with Japan's Nikkei Stock Average rising 0.91%, China's Shanghai Composite dropping 0.60% and Australia's S&P/ASX 200 Index gaining 0.34%. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index gained 0.35% and India's Sensex dropped 0.48%.

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