* The Fed left interest rates unchanged on Wednesday but gave no firm signal of a hike in March, as it awaits more clarity on President Donald Trump’s fiscal policies, adding another layer to the uncertainty triggered by his recent comments and decisions.
* The dollar dropped to a near 12-week low of 99.23 against a basket of major currencies. The greenback has been beaten down by Trump’s comments on its strength and concerns over his protectionist policies.
* Investors are also closely watching comments from the U.S. administration that could cause short-term volatility in the market.
* Wall Street was lifted by a spike in Apple (AAPL.O) after the company reported strong results, but the S&P 500 and the Dow pared most of their gains at the close due to losses in energy and utilities.
* A clutch of earnings including Amazon.com (AMZN.O), Visa (V.N) and Amgen (AMGN.O) will keep investors busy on Thursday.
* Initial jobless claims is expected to have slipped by 9,000 to 250,000 last week. The report is due at 8:30 a.m. ET (1330 GMT) and comes ahead of a closely watched monthly hiring data on Friday.
* Among stocks, Facebook (FB.O) edged up 1.4 percent to $135.03 in heavy premarket trading following the company’s strong quarterly earnings and revenue.
* Shutterfly (SFLY.O) dropped nearly 20 percent to $41.50 after the digital imaging company reported a 30.6 percent decline in quarterly profit.
* Mead Johnson (MJN.N) jumped 25 percent to $87 after Reckitt Benckiser (RB.L) said it was in advanced talks to buy the baby formula maker for $16.7 billion.
Futures snapshot at 7:00 a.m. ET:
* Dow e-minis 1YMc1 were down 48 points, or 0.24 percent, with 21,675 contracts changing hands.
* S&P 500 e-minis ESc1 were down 6 points, or 0.26 percent, with 112,227 contracts traded.
* Nasdaq 100 e-minis NQc1 were down 17.25 points, or 0.34 percent, on volume of 21,834 contracts.
(Reporting by Yashaswini Swamynathan in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila)