US Futures are slightly higher after late-day sell-off on Wednesday. Markets gave up gains late in the session on Wednesday, with most indices closing lower. Futures are holding on to gains this morning after jobless claims were better than expected. The Labor Department reported that weekly jobless claims fell to 221K, below expectations of 232K. European shares are lower after the BOE held rates unchanged as expected. Asian shares closed mostly higher as import data reflect strong consumer demand in China.