1. Tencent’s gaming win: Tencent can finally make money off new video games again.
The currency dropped 0.3% against the US dollar to trade below $1.32 as Prime Minister Theresa May asked the European Union for more time. It also slipped against the euro.
May is going to Brussels Thursday in an attempt to convince EU leaders to grant an extension to the Brexit process until June 30. If they decline, Britain risks crashing out of the bloc on March 29.
The president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, says a short delay is possible but it’s conditional on the UK parliament passing May’s twice-defeated divorce deal.
In a televised address on Wednesday, May blamed lawmakers for failing to implement the result of the 2016 referendum.
2. Fed holds rates: US stocks briefly rallied Wednesday after the Federal Reserve voted to hold interest rates, but quickly reversed their course and finished the day lower.
The majority of Fed officials — 11 total — now anticipate holding rates steady for the remainder of 2019. Only six participants forecast at least one additional rate hike this year.
It’s “a great time to be patient,” Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell told reporters at a press conference.
3. Nike earnings: Investors are hoping for good news from Nike when the company reports earnings after the bell. Sales are expected to rise nearly 7%.
Investors will be paying attention to anything the company says about demand in China and Europe, where economic growth has slowed.
4. Levi Strauss goes public: Levi Strauss will return to the stock market on Thursday after a 34-year absence.
The clothing retailer priced its initial public offering at $17 per share, valuing the company at about $6.6 billion. That’s higher than the price range of $14 to $16 that the company had previously set.
The company’s stock will trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “LEVI.”
5. Global market overview: US stock futures were pointing lower.
US oil prices were trading back above $60 a barrel after having briefly reached that level on Wednesday for the first time since November.
5. Earnings and economics: Colgate-Palmolive (CL) is set to release earnings before the open Friday.
Tencent (TCEHY), the Chinese gaming and social media company, reported a 32% drop in net profit for the final quarter of 2018.
Bank of England will announced its latest policy decision at 5:30 a.m. ET. The central bank is expected to keep rates on hold.
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