U.S. stock index futures held their gains on the final trading day of the quarter, with the S&P taking another aim at its closing high level, as the calm surrounding the opening of Cyprus banks trumped a mixed bag of economic reports.
The Dow has soared nearly 11 percent this year, on pace to logging its best first-quarter in 15 years. The S&P 500 has jumped almost 10 percent. The index closed about 2 points below its all-time closing high of 1,565.15 on Tuesday.
Volume is expected to remain relatively low ahead of Good Friday. Markets will be closed in the United States and most of Europe, but banks will be open. Economic data including personal income and consumer sentiment are expected to be reported Friday.