Mexican presidential front-runner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador faces off with rivals in a second televised debate on Sunday night, one of the last major chances for them to attack his sizeable lead ahead of the July 1 election. Leftist Lopez Obrador, a former Mexico City mayor, withstood a heavy onslaught from the other contenders in the first debate last month, and some recent voter surveys show his advantage in the race has grown since then. Second-placed rival, 39-year-old Ricardo Anaya, who heads a right-left coalition, emerged as the victor of the first debate in some polls, and he has consolidated his position as the main challenger to Lopez Obrador.
U.S. stock futures jumped on Monday as U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the U.S. trade war with China is "on hold" after the world's two largest economic powers agreed to drop their tariff threats while they work on a wider trade agreement. Japan's Nikkei <.N225> ticked up 0.1 percent while MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan <.MIAPJ0000PUS> was off 0.1 percent in early trade. Mnuchin and U.S. President Donald Trump's top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, said the agreement reached by Chinese and American negotiators on Saturday set up a framework for addressing trade imbalances in the future.