One of the more noteworthy actions that arose from the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) was that members had set a target for 2018's gross domestic product. Collectively, the group upgraded its GDP estimate to 2.5 percent, from 2.1 percent in September.
Both the Bank of England (BOE) and European Central Bank (ECB) also delivered monetary policy decisions on Thursday, keeping interest rates steady.
The British pound and the euro traded slightly higher.
Elsewhere, a slew of economic data was released. Weekly jobless claims totaled 225,000, well below an estimate of 239,000. Meanwhile, retail sales rose 0.8 percent in November versus an estimated increase of 0.3 percent. The Flash US composite purchasing managers' index (PMI) is due out at 9:45 a.m. ET, followed by manufacturing and trade inventories at 10 a.m. ET.
On the earnings front, Scholastic, Adobe Systems, Costco and Oracle are some of the names set to publish financial figures.
Also in corporate news, Disney agreed to buy 21st Century Fox assets for more than $52 billion. The asets include Fox's movie studios, network Nat Geo, Asian pay-TV operator Star TV, stakes in Sky and Hulu and regional sports networks. Fox and Disney shares both declined 1 percent in the premarket.