Stocks ended the session mostly higher, led by a rebound in shares of Spanish lenders and strong demand for the country's bonds at three auctions.
Airlines reported an easing in global seasonally-adjusted traffic since the beginning of the year, but demand still climbed 7. 2% in August compared to the same time twelve months earlier.
Aerospace giant Boeing announced on Thursday that it would be buying its long-term partner Aurora Flight Sciences in an effort to diversify its portfolio further by adding futuristic technologies like the eVTOL flying taxi currently under development in conjunction with Uber.
US stocks notched fresh record highs again in early trade on Thursday as investors digested a series of data releases and speeches from Federal Reserve officials.
Spain's constitutional court has ordered the suspension of a regional parliamentary session in Catalonia on Monday as expectations grow that the body will declare independence next week.
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week, with hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria impacting the data, according to the Labor Department.
Catalonia-based banks Banco Sabadell and Caixabank were both considering transferring their headquarters out of the region in the wake of the current independence crisis.
Australian retail sales dived in August taking the Aussie dollar along for the ride as it slipped from as high as $0. 7865 to as low as $0. 7816 after the data was released, as growing optimism that the recent downturn would reverse took a serious blow.
Markets in Asia finished mixed but little changed, with much focus turned down under as retail sales data showed Australian consumers were becoming more hesitant with their wallets.
US futures pointed to a muted open on Thursday as investors eye a slew of speeches by Federal Reserve officials.
Saudi Aramco still plans to make a stock market debut next year, its chief executive confirmed on Thursday.
US-backed Iraqi forces announced on Thursday that they had recaptured Hawija, a city about 300km north of Baghdad, which had been under the rule of IS since 2014.
Eurozone retail sales strengthened last month as the currency bloc's three largest economies all delivered simultaneous sales growth for the first time in over two years.
Stocks on Wall Street finished in the green on Wednesday, continuing the record run seen in previous sessions.