US stock futures and Metals trading steady on Tuesday ahead of the first US presidential election debate between US President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Joe Biden which is set to start at 9 pm ET (2 am on Wednesday morning in the UK).
US New Home Sales for August revealed an advance to 1,011K, against the predicted 890K, according to a report from the National Association of Realtors. Sales of new homes increased by 4.8%, the rate was the highest since 2006. On the other hand, the existing home sales increased 2.4% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 6 million units last month.
The US dollar index surged to two months high on Thursday. At the time writing, the index trades steady above 94.40. Moving ahead to the North American session, the investors and traders will closely monitor the latest US home sales and weekly jobless claims data.
Reserve Bank of New Zealand maintained its official cash rate at a record low of 0.25%. The RBNZ Monetary Policy Committee said it would keep the OCR at 0.25% for at least a year and planning to introduce a Funding for Lending Programme (FLP) before the end of this calendar year.
The British pound slipped to near 2-months low on Tuesday after Bank of England Governor Bailey warned that the recent rise in COVID-19 cases "reinforced the downside risks" facing the UK economy. On the other hand, England's chief medical officer Whitty has warned the rate of COVID-19 infections in the UK is "heading in the wrong direction" and the country is in a "critical point" in the pandemic.