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Libya's oil output has risen to 588,000 barrels per day, Libya's acting oil minister told Reuters, an increase of around 25 percent since the weekend despite renewed fighting between militias in the country's capital.
July 15- JPMorgan Chase& Co, the biggest U.S. bank by assets, reported an 8 percent decline in second-quarter profit as a pullback in trading of bonds and currencies by big institutions hit revenue in its securities trading business.
*JPMorgan, Goldman up in premarket after earnings. *Yahoo, Intel results due after the close. NEW YORK, July 15- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Tuesday after earnings from JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs, and ahead of testimony from U.S.
LONDON, July 15- Imperial Tobacco Group plans to buy U.S. cigarette brands including Winston and Kool for $7.1 billion as part of Reynolds American's $27.4 billion purchase of Lorillard.
The Wall Street bank earned $1.95 billion, or 4.10 per share, in the three months ended June 30, up from $1.86 billion, or $3.70 per share, in the same period a year earlier.
*Debt owed to Portugal Telecom, which is merging with Brazil's Grupo Oi. The debt is owed to the country's largest telecom services provider, Portugal Telecom, currently in the throes of a tie-up with Brazil's Grupo Oi, which is likely to amend the terms of the deal in the event of a default.
ZURICH, July 15- Swiss drugmaker Novartis has struck an agreement with Google to develop "smart" contact lenses that would help diabetics track their blood glucose levels or restore the eye's ability to focus. The device for diabetics would measure glucose in tear fluid and send the data wirelessly to a mobile device, Novartis said.
DAKAR, July 15- The death toll from an Ebola outbreak in West Africa has risen to 603 since February, with at least 68 deaths reported from three countries in the region in the last week alone, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday.
FARNBOROUGH, England, July 15- Malaysia's AirAsia group is close to a deal to become the first airline buyer for the newly launched Airbus A330neo with an announcement possible at the Farnborough Airshow later on Tuesday, people familiar with the matter said.
FARNBOROUGH, England, July 15- U.S. military officials have approved limited flights for Lockheed Martin's F-35 fighter jets, improving the chances of the newest U.S. combat jet making its international debut before potential buyers this week.
SOFIA, July 15- Bulgaria's central bank has begun talks with the European Banking Authority about conducting a review of the quality of its banking supervision, it said in a statement on Tuesday, following runs on two lenders in June.
July 15- JPMorgan Chase& Co, the biggest U.S. bank by assets, reported an 8 percent decline in second-quarter profit as a pullback in trading of bonds and currencies by big institutions hit revenue in its securities trading business. JPMorgan shares were up 1.8 percent at $57.31 in premarket trading.
July 15- Camel cigarettes maker Reynolds American Inc said it would buy rival Lorillard Inc in a cash-and-stock deal valued at $27.4 billion, including net debt. Reynolds offered $68.88 per Lorillard share, representing a premium of 2.5 percent to Lorillard's Monday closing.
July 15- JPMorgan Chase& Co, the biggest U.S. bank by assets, reported an 8 percent decline in second-quarter profit as a pullback in trading of bonds and currencies by big institutions hit revenue in its securities trading business. Net income fell to $5.99 billion, or $1.46 per share, from $6.5 billion, or $1.60 per share, in the same quarter of 2013..
*Espirito Santo shares hit record new low. LONDON, July 15- European stocks and the euro fell on Tuesday after shares in Portugal's biggest listed bank hit a record low, while a plunge in German economic sentiment pushed up borrowing costs for some peripheral euro zone countries.
*Hamas leader in Cairo says group undecided over truce. GAZA/ JERUSALEM, July 15- Hamas militants fired volleys of rockets from the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, drawing a threat by Israel to abandon an Egyptian-proposed truce it had unilaterally accepted.
FARNBOROUGH, England, July 15- U.S. planemaker Boeing on Tuesday said a consortium led by British defense company BAE Systems would provide the flight control system electronics for its new 777 X jet. The two firms are the incumbent suppliers to Boeing for some of the electronics systems on the 777 platform already flying.
BEIJING, July 15- China will keep its monetary policy stance "prudent" in the second-half of the year, a senior official at the country's central bank was quoted as saying on state radio on Tuesday.
FARNBOROUGH, England, July 15- Malaysia's AirAsia group is close to a deal to become a launch customer for the Airbus A330neo aircraft and may make an order announcement at the Farnborough Airshow later on Tuesday, people familiar with the matter said.
July 15- Chemicals maker Albemarle Corp said it would buy rival Rockwood Holdings Inc for $6.2 billion to bulk up its lucrative specialty chemical offerings. Rockwood shareholders will get $50.65 in cash and 0.4803 Albemarle shares for each share they own. Albemarle's shares closed at $72.62 on the New York Stock Exchange on Monday.