U.S. stock futures mixed  in pre-market trading for , January 31.The Dow Futures is trading at 24,932.50  with  a loss of -0.14% percent or -35.50 point.  The S&P 500 Futures is trading at 2,683.88  up with +0.05% percent or +1.38 point.The Nasdaq Futures is trading at 6,857.62  up with +0.30% percent or +20.37 point.

In overnight trading in the Eastern Hemisphere,  Japan’s Nikkei 225 is trading at 20,773.49  up with +1.06% percent or +216.95 point. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng is trading at 27,925.64 up with +1.02% percent or +282.79 point. China’s Shanghai Composite is trading at 2,583.37 up with +0.30% percent or +7.79 point. India’s BSE Sensex is trading at 35,983.26  up with +1.10% percent or +392.01 point at 12:15 PM.The FTSE 100 is trading at 6,977.40 UP with +0.52% percent or +35.77 point. Germany’s DAX is trading at 11,173.41 with a loss of -0.074% percent or -8.25 point. France’s CAC 40 is trading at 4,980.04  up with +0.11% percent or +5.28  point. The Stoxx Europe 600 is trading at 358.44  with  a loss of -0.01% percent or -0.01% point.

Thursday’s Factors and Events

U.S. stock index futures pointed to a mixed start to trading on Thursday after the Federal Reserve kept interest rates unchanged.

On Wednesday, the Fed said it will be “patient” with raising rates moving forward. In a statement, the central bank said: “The Committee will be patientas it determines what future adjustments to the target range for the federal funds rate may be appropriate. ” The statement also dropped the word “gradual.”

Wednesday’s Activity

For the day the Dow is trading at 25,014.86  up with +1.77% percent or +434.90 point. The S&P 500 is trading at 2,681.05 up with +1.55% percent or +41.05 point. The Nasdaq Composite is trading at 7,183.08  up with +2.20% percent or +154.79 point.

Other leading market index closes included the small-cap Russell 2000 Index closed at 1,486.94 up  with +1.05% percent or +15.49 point; the S&P 600 Small-Cap Index closed at 926.29  up with +1.01%percent or +9.22  point; the S&P 400 Mid-Cap Index closed at 1,827.21 up with +0.62% percent or +11.20 point; the S&P 100 Index closed at 1,180.56  up with +1.72% percent or +19.91 point; the Russell 3000 Index closed at 1,583.04  up with  +1.49% percent or +23.32 point; the Russell 1000 Index closed at 1,485.67  up with +1.53% percent or +22.38 point.