Stock index futures pointed to a flat open for equities on Friday, with futures for the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq 100 staying almost unchanged.
Several banks including Goldman Sachs
The Labor Department releases at 1230 GMT the February Consumer Price Index (CPI). Economists expect a 0.4 percent rise, compared with a 0.2 percent increase in January. Excluding volatile food and energy items, CPI is expected to rise 0.2 percent, a repeat of the January increase.
The Labor Department issues at 1230 GMT Real Earnings for February. Economists expect a 0.2 percent drop, versus an unchanged reading in January.
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The Federal Reserve releases at 1315 GMT industrial production and capacity utilization data for February. Economists expect a 0.4 percent rise in production and a capacity utilization reading of 78.8 percent. In the January report, production was flat, and capacity utilization was 78.5 percent.
Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers release at 1355 GMT preliminary March consumer sentiment index. Economists expect a reading of 76.0 in the preliminary March report, compared with 75.3 in the final February report.
At 1430 GMT, Economic Cycle Research Institute releases its weekly index of economic activity for March 9. In the prior week, the index read 124.3.
Britain is poised to cooperate with the United States on a release of strategic oil stocks that is expected within months, two British sources said, in a bid to prevent fuel prices choking economic growth in a U.S. election year.
The pan-European FTSE Eurofirst 300 <.FTEU3> index added 0.3 percent after its strongest since July 2011 on Wednesday.
The S&P 500 <.SPX> closed above 1,400 for the first time since the 2008 financial crisis on Thursday as stocks resumed the upward climb that has produced a steady stream of gains this year.
The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> rose 58.66 points, or 0.44 percent, to 13,252.76, closing out a seventh straight day of gains. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index advanced 8.32 points, or 0.60 percent, to 1,402.60 at the close. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> gained 15.64 points, or 0.51 percent, to 3,056.37.
(Reporting by Atul Prakash; Editing by Elaine Hardcastle)