Global markets were mostly weaker overnight, with stocks failing to fire despite another positive set of US economic data.
The major US indices were mixed, as investors showed little reaction to data showing a bigger-than-expected decrease in weekly jobless claims.
The Dow slipped 18 points (-0.1%) to 16445, the Nasdaq dropped 10 points (-0.2%) to 4156 whilst the S&P500 added one point to 1837.
In Europe, markets stayed weaker after the ECB made no change to eurozone interest rates.
Although this outcome was expected, analysts were nonetheless disappointed there was no further stimulus announcement from the ECB, particularly with the region facing a growing risk of deflation.
The German DAXx and French CAC lost 0.8% each, whilst the UK FTSE weakened 0.5%.
Gold arrested a three session losing streak but its gains were unconvincing as traders remain cautious on the precious metal in light of the improving US economy.
Elsewhere, oil slid to its lowest level in eight months, but a bumper US jobs report tonight could offer some respite for crude futures.