Stock index futures were flat as investors looked for new reasons to buy following a rally that repeatedly took major indexes to record levels. The S&P 500 has risen for five of the past six weeks, gaining more than 7 percent over that period. The index closed at an all-time high despite a disappointing read on the labor market, which showed that hiring slowed in July.
US Airways and American Airlines secured EU regulatory approval for their $11 billion merger after promising to surrender slots at Heathrow and Philadelphia airports.
EADS, the parent company of Airbus, confirmed that it had received a letter from London-based TCI urging it to sell its 46 percent stake in Dassault Aviation, makers of the Rafale fighter jet. Any shake-up of the EADS ownership structure, however, would be fraught with political complications.