The U.S. Senate voted for a $700 billion rescue package for financial companies late Wednesday and the bill will go back to the House of Representatives.
In Europe, France and Germany are at odds over whether a safety net for European banks is necessary.
And the European Central Bank will make a decision on short-term interest rates later Thursday. While most economists expect the ECB to keep rates on hold, ECB President Jean-Claude Trichet's take on the financial crisis will be closely watched.
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