Futures mixed amid data: Fed in focus

U.S. stock index futures indicated a mixed open on Thursday as traders eyed the release of several pieces of data and continued digesting the Federal Reserve's decision.

The Fed kept rates unchanged and lowered its projection of four hikes this year down to two.

Weekly jobless claims came in at 265,000. The March Philly Fed index was 12.4 versus minus 2.8 for February.

Fourth-quarter current account data showed a deficit of $125.3 billion.

The U.S. dollar index held lower but off session lows, with the euro just below $1.13 and the yen at 111.82 yen against the greenback.

Treasury yields held lower, with the 10-year yield at 1.88 percent. The 2-year Treasury yield briefly turned higher, trading near 0.86 percent as of 8:34 a.m. ET.

Gold extended sharp gains seen in Wednesday's post-settle electronic trade, up $37 at $1,267.10 an ounce in morning trade ET.

Leading indicators and January's Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey for are set to be released at 10:00 a.m.

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Expected earnings Thursday include Lands' End and Adobe Systems.

In oil markets, Brent crude traded at $40.53 a barrel, up half a percent, while U.S. crude was at $38.76, up 0.75 percent.

In Asia, Japan's Nikkei closed down 0.22 percent, while the Shanghai Composite in China closed 1.22 percent higher. In Europe, the pan European Stoxx 600 Index was down by about 1 percent on Thursday.

—CNBC's Evelyn Cheng contributed to this report