Futures implied the benchmark index would open at 2,859.95, about 13 points away from the record, which it last hit in late January.
A strong earnings season has kept up the momentum in the markets, helping cushion major blows from trade-related issues.
Of the 440 companies in the S&P 500 that have reported so far, 78.6 percent have beaten analyst expectations, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
Shares of U.S.-listed Chinese stocks were higher in premarket trading, tracking a rebound in Shanghai stocks.
JD.com (JD.O) rose 0.4 percent and Baidu (BIDU.O) 0.8 percent.
Among other movers, Century Link (CTL.N) jumped 4.4 percent after reporting quarterly results.
Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA.O) climbed 0.2 percent after its quarterly profit and revenue topped estimates, helped by the popularity of superhero movie Deadpool 2.
Rite Aid (RAD.N) fell 10.9 percent and was the most heavily traded stock after the drug store chain and U.S. grocer Albertsons Cos ABS.N agreed to terminate their merger agreement.
Perrigo (PRGO.N) fell 8.3 percent after its board approved a plan to separate its Prescription Pharmaceuticals business and after the generic drugmaker reported quarterly results.
At 7:00 a.m. ET, Dow e-minis 1YMc1 were down 1 points, or -0 percent. S&P 500 e-minis ESc1 were up 1.75 points, or 0.06 percent and Nasdaq 100 e-minis NQc1 were up 4 points, or 0.05 percent.
Investors are also eyeing inflation numbers to gauge the impact of tariffs on pricing and for clues on the path of interest rate hikes.
A U.S. Labor Department report is expected to show producer price index for final demand rose 0.2 percent for July from 0.3 percent in June. The data is due at 8:30 a.m. ET.
Reporting by Amy Caren Daniel in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D'Silva