China reported its first quarter GDP figures on Monday.
U.S. retail sales were expected to decline 0.1 percent in March, after rising 0.1 percent a month earlier.
Prices were pushed lower by another sharp decline in the price of gasoline and other energy products.
North Korea has warned that a "big event" is near, and U.S. officials say signs point to a nuclear test that could come as early as this weekend, NBC News reports.
Stocks fell after the U.S. dropped "the mother of all bombs" in Afghanistan while bank stocks dropped despite strong earnings.
Shoppers are coming out to the closing J.C. Penney stores, so the retailer has pushed back its liquidation sales.
Trump said his confidence in the military is "frankly why they've been so successful lately."
Asia markets closed lower in a light trading session as several major markets remain closed for a public holiday.
Oil prices were little changed on modest volume on Thursday.
Elon Musk gave details on four upcoming Tesla models on Thursday.
The U.S. military reported on Tuesday that it dropped a GBU-43 bomb in Afghanistan to target a series of Islamic State caves.
Attorneys for Dr. David Dao, the passenger at the center of the United Airlines incident, held a press conference on Thursday.
Consumer sentiment beat expectations, rising to 98 in April according to the University of Michigan.
Syrian President Bashar Assad said an alleged poison gas attack blamed on his government last week in Idlib province was "100 percent fabrication", news agency AFP reported on Thursday.
Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.
The number of Americans filing for benefits fell last week, suggesting the labor market remains strong despite a sharp slowdown in job growth in March.
The U.S. Producer Price Index was expected to be unchanged in March, after rising 0.3 percent a month earlier.
The bank's shares were down more than 2 percent in premarket trading following the bank's announcement.
Citigroup reported first-quarter earnings Thursday that beat on both the top and bottom line.
JPMorgan Chase reported first-quarter earnings on Thursday. Here's how the company fared against analysts' expectations.