Meanwhile, industrial production grew 0.7 percent in February, according to the Federal Reserve, topping estimates for a gain of 0.4 percent. Manufacturing output rose 0.8 percent during the month, snapping back from a decline in January.
The University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment preliminary survey will be released at 9.55 a.m. ET. Analysts polled by Reuters expect the index to rise slightly to 78.0 in March, up from 77.6 in February.
Among financials, Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan declined after both banks received conditional approval for their capital payout from the Federal Reserve.
Meanwhile, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, Morgan Stanley and Bank of America were among names whose capital plans were approved. but BB&T and Ally Financial did not pass.
Groupon rallied after widely-followed investor Bill Miller said he likes the stock. Miller said he also likes Apple, Texas Instruments, and US Airways.
Investors in Europe booked gains after a 10-day global rally. U.S. shares closed at record levels on Thursday, but markets were disappointed by President Barack Obama who seemed no closer to striking a deal on deficit reduction after a long session in Capitol Hill.
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This week's final trading day will also feature the quarterly "quadruple witching" options and futures expirations. Quadruple witching is associated with market volatility as investors seek to rebalance their portfolios. (CNBC Explains: Witching Hour)