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U.S. stock futures opened sharply higher after Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen emerged victorious, with Dow futures soaring nearly 200 points.
Stocks fell slightly as investors looked ahead to France's presidential election while digesting more quarterly results from companies.
One Paris police officer was murdered and two others wounded on Thursday by a man allegedly loyal to ISIS.
Tensions in Venezuela have escalated recently as people flooded the streets protesting the regime of President Nicolas Maduro.
Stocks rose as more companies released quarterly results while Steven Mnuchin said the administration was close to "major tax reform."
Shares of Foot Locker popped more than 4 percent as investors focused on CEO Richard Johnson's comments about strong April sales.
Far-leftist Jean-Luc Melenchon's polling numbers have skyrocketed, giving other candidates a run for their money.
U.S. equities closed mostly lower on Wednesday, with IBM and oil prices pushing down the Dow Jones industrial average.
Morgan Stanley's results are bolstered by strong performances from its trading and investment banking businesses.
Investors also remained vigilant amid U.S.-North Korea tensions and the nearing of the French presidential election.