Brazil could be the country most at risk from the slowdown in emerging markets, with analysts saying it could be highly vulnerable to both currency depreciation and capital outflows.
U.S. stock index futures trimmed their losses Thursday, lifted by a report that showed retail sales rose more than expected in May and weekly jobless claims fell near its lowest level in five years.
Europe's largest companies left $1 trillion of working capital unused in 2012, according to a report published on Wednesday.
U.S. stock index futures were higher Wednesday, looking to bounce back after major averages slumped 1 percent in the previous session, as Europe markets gained and Asia markets trimmed earlier losses.
U.S. stock market index futures were sharply lower Tuesday, after a selloff in European stocks and Japan's Nikkei, after the Bank of Japan disappointed investors by failing to address market volatility in its monetary policy statement.
Europeans are increasingly learning Chinese to boost their career prospects, but recruitment firms warn difficulties mastering the language, plus the insularity of European business, means those efforts may be misdirected.
U.S. stock market index futures held their gains following the weekly jobless claims report, but investors continued their guessing game about when the Fed will begin to scale back its bond-buying stimulus program.