U.S. investors and traders are eagerly anticipating Twitter's ( debut on the New York Stock Exchange Thursday morning. Twitter priced ) its initial public offering at $26 a share late Wednesday, raising $1.8 billion.
U.S. stock futures were slightly higher ahead of the opening bell.
The government will release its first estimate of U.S. third quarter GDP at 8:30 a.m. ET, as well as its weekly report on initial jobless claims.
In Europe, it's all about the European Central Bank. The ECB said it cut a key interest rate to 0.25%, a sign of how fragile the European economic recovery is. European stock markets made modest gains at midday, keeping them near five-year highs.
J.C. Penney ( shares rose in premarket trading after it announced a quarterly increase in same-store sales. )
Walt Disney (, )Groupon ( and )Priceline.com ( are set to report quarterly results after the market close. )
Whole Foods (shares sank more than 9% in premarket trading after a downward revision of its 2014 earnings and sales forecasts. )
Qualcomm ( shares fell 4% before the open, after posting quarterly earnings that fell short of expectations. )
"The list of smart and influential investors raising doubts about the health of the market increases almost as quickly as the stock market itself," said Mike O'Rourke, chief market strategist at JonesTrading.
Asian markets ended with modest declines.