Stocks have opened modestly lower on Wall Street following volatile trading in Asia and Europe.
US markets are coming off their steepest losses in eight months but a report showing only a modest rise in consumer prices seemed to calm investors just before markets opened.
Tech stocks, which were hit hard on Wednesday, fell slightly in early trading. Apple shares fell 1.2%.
Earnings season is getting under way, and Delta Air Lines shares rose 3.8% after the airline beat profit expectations.
The S&P 500 index fell four points, or 0.1%, to 2,781 in early trading.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 101 points, or 0.4%, to 25,497. The Nasdaq composite rose less than a point to 7,422.
Bond prices rose while the yield on the 10-year Treasury fell to 3.17%.
- Press Association