US futures are mixed after early morning gains fade. In a deviation from recent days, the DJIA and S&P500 are lower, while the Nasdaq is higher. Weekly jobless claims fell by 2k to 236k, lower than expected, for the week ending 12/2. European shares are mostly lower as basic materials lag. Asian shares closed mixed as the Japanese Nikkei bounced back from yesterday‚Äôs rout.