US futures are higher as they look to continue the rally following the first round of the French elections. Markets are getting a boost from better than expected earnings from some big names including DuPont, Caterpillar and McDonalds. The S&P/Case-Shiller US National Home Price Index came in at 5.8 percent compared to estimates of 5.7 percent. Later today we will get consumer confidence data as well as new home sales data. Markets in Asia closed higher led by the Hang Seng as they track the global rally. European markets continue to trade higher led by the CAC.