Stock futures point higher ahead of FOMC meeting, boosted by earnings

|By:, SA News Editor

Stock futures stay higher after U.S. single-family home prices rose more than expected in May; S&P, Dow and Nasdaq all +0.2%.

The major European bourses are higher across the board; Asian stocks rose for a second session as investors turn more optimistic on China following improving economic data such as HSBC's July factory activity report.

Dow-listed pharmas Merck and Pfizer posted earnings that easily beat Wall Street estimates, but UPS -2.6% after its quarterly profit fell sharply Y/Y.

The FOMC begins its two-day meeting today, with a policy statement to be released that likely will call for another $10B taper.

Treasury prices are at their morning highs, with the 10-year yield down 3 bps at 2.45%.

Still ahead: consumer confidence.