Stock market futures remained on path for a higher open following a batch of mostly upbeat economic reports on unemployment, inflation and manufacturing.
The government said weekly jobless claims regained a four-year low while producer prices rose 0.4 percent, boosted primarily from an energy price increase. New York manufacturing rose unexpectedly, though that survey also showed prices pressures building.
The market is expected to open slightly to the upside after re-establishing post-financial crisis highs in sleepy Wednesday trading.
In company news, clothing maker Guess? disappointed the market by forecasting earnings of 25 to 28 cents per share, well below estimates of 48 cents. The company said sales have fallen in Europe, where consumers have taken a hit from government austerity measures connected to the sovereign debt crisis.
Guess?, which gets 40 percent of its revenue from Europe, saw its shares slide more than 11 percent premarket.
Capital One Financial shares also are under pressure after the credit leader announced a $1.25 billion common stock offering to finance its previously announced acquisition of HSBC's U.S. credit card business. Shares fell about 1 percent premarket.
Also, Radvision shares moved higher premarket on news that the Israeli video conferencing company is being bought by equipment market Avaya in a deal worth $230 million. Radvision rose 4.5 percent premarket.
Meanwhile, Apple also is on the cusp of another milestone — breaking the $600 barrier, which it was just below in premarket trading.
At 10 a.m. on Thursday the Philadelphia Fed index will be released. Economists polled by Briefing.com forecast the monthly index rose from 10.2 in February to 12.5 in March.