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MARKETS TODAY :

  • EUR/USD1.1356 (+0.1694%)
  • EUR/JPY127.3140 (+0.0464%)
  • GBP/USD1.2823 (+0.0874%)
  • AUD/USD0.7595 (+0.1596%)
  • USD/CAD1.3148 (-0.3237%)
  • USD/CHF0.9607 (+0.0271%)
  • USD/CNY6.7986 (-0.1689%)
  • NZD/USD0.7267 (+0.0248%)

Tuesday is packed with big news and developments.

Here are 4 tips for today's trading. This will help you decide where you should invest and what to look for:

 

Tuesday is packed with big news and developments.

Here are 4 tips for today's trading. This will help you decide where you should invest and what to look for:

 

1. Markets are scared

1. Markets are scared

U.S. stock market futures pointed to a lower open on Tuesday morning, as investors stayed cautious amid continued geopolitical tension concerning North Korea.

The blue-chip Dow futures lost 70 points, or around 0.3%, by 09:50 GMT, the S&P 500 futures shed 10 points, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq 100 futures slumped 17 points.

In Europe, stocks were broadly lower, with Germany's DAX down around 0.7%, while London's FTSE 100 slumped 1%.

Earlier, in Asia, markets ended mixed, with the Shanghai Composite in China closing down about 0.8%, while Japan's Nikkei inched up around 0.4%.

2. USD is trading at 5-months low

2. USD is trading at 5-months low

The dollar index, measuring it against a basket of major currencies, was flat at 100.20 in New York morning trade after rising to 100.31 earlier. It touched a 5-month low of 99.91 on Monday.

Meanwhile, the 10-year U.S. Treasury yield was at around at 2.22%, one day after breaking below 2.20% for the first time since November 17.

U.S. housing starts and building permits for March, as well as industrial production, are due later in the session.

3. U.K election in June?

3. U.K election in June?

British Prime Minister Theresa May called on Tuesday for an early election on June 8, saying the government had the right plan for negotiating the terms of Britain's exit from the European Union and she needed political unity in London.

Sterling rose against the dollar after May made the surprise announcement outside her Downing Street office.

"I have just chaired a meeting of the cabinet where we agreed that the government should call a General Election to be held on the 8th of June," May said.

4. French election in focus

4. French election in focus

With only five days to go until the first round of the French presidential vote on April 23, investors remain focused on the latest polls showing which way the election is moving.

According to the latest poll, released earlier Tuesday, support for centrist Emmanuel Macron stands at 23%, while the far-right National Front’s Marine Le Pen is at 22%. Far-left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon is at 19.5%, followed by the Republican candidate Francois Fillon at 19%.