HONG KONG, July 9- Hong Kong shares could start flat on Tuesday, as investors brace for data expected to show producer prices dipping in China for a 16th month in June and inflation quickening but staying well below the official 3.5 percent target.
SINGAPORE, July 9- Gold slipped a touch on Tuesday, pressured by a sharp fall in holdings in bullion-backed exchange traded funds and persistent fears over the end of easy central bank money. *Spot gold was down $1 at $1,234.89 an ounce by 0025 GMT, after gaining 1 percent on Monday as the dollar eased from three-year highs.
*Asian shares track gains in Wall Street. TOKYO, July 9- Asian shares posted gains on Tuesday, tracking a rally in Wall Street shares spurred by strong U.S. job data last week, but investors were nervous over Beijing's new drive to reform credit to restructure the economy.
TOKYO, July 9- U.S. crude futures retreated to just below $103 a barrel on Tuesday, pressured by the return of a Libyan oilfield and Iraqi pipeline that eased concerns about global oil supplies. *NYMEX crude for August delivery was down 16 cents at $102.98 a barrel by 0018 GMT, after settling down 8 cents at $103.14 on Monday.
WASHINGTON, July 8- U.S. immigration reform supporters are launching a push for the legislation this week that includes phone calls to lawmakers from Catholic bishops, visits to Capitol Hill from high-tech lobbyists and an ad blitz sponsored by organized labor.
SYDNEY, July 9- The dollar paused in its rally as investors bought beaten-down currencies such as the Australian dollar on Tuesday, though its broad uptrend is seen intact as the market tries to position for when the U.S.
NEW YORK, July 8- Barnes& Noble Inc Chief Executive William Lynch resigned on Monday after he led a failed attempt by the U.S. bookstore chain to compete against the likes of Amazon.com Inc, Apple Inc and Google Inc in the e-reader and tablet markets.
*Brazil government pushing U.S. for explanations.
WASHINGTON, July 8- The White House on Monday trimmed its outlook for U.S. economic growth but said the deficit was shrinking faster than projected in a budget update that was virtually ignored by Republicans ahead of tough negotiations with Congress on spending cuts and raising the U.S. debt limit.
July 8- Top U.S. and Chinese officials will meet in Washington this week for the annual U.S.- China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, a process launched five years ago to help the world's two largest economies manage an increasingly complex relationship.
WASHINGTON, July 8- The White House on Monday threatened to veto the energy funding bill for fiscal 2014 that is expected to be debated by the House of Representatives this week, citing steep cuts proposed for renewable energy programs. Also facing the budget knife would be certain Department of Interior and Corps of Engineers projects.
BOSTON, July 8- Hedge fund manager John Paulson's gold fund has lost 65 percent so far this year after the portfolio declined 23 percent last month, two people familiar with the fund said on Monday.
Barnes& Noble CEO William Lynch has resigned effective immediately, the U.S. bookstore chain said on Monday.
WASHINGTON, July 8- A trans-Atlantic rift over derivatives could be ended by an offer from the U.S. swaps regulator that would spare foreign banks from some tough U.S. rules, according to two people briefed on the matter.
*NTSB interviews the Asiana flight's four pilots. SAN FRANCISCO/ SEOUL, July 8- The Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 that crashed at San Francisco's international airport was flying 25 percent below its intended air speed before slamming into the ground, U.S. safety officials said on Monday as attention increasingly focused on the actions of the pilots.
*Washington seeks concrete ideas for cooperation from Beijing. WASHINGTON, July 8- High-level U.S.- China security and economic talks in Washington this week will give the United States a chance to size up Beijing's new leadership team and its talk of economic reform, American officials said on Monday.
NEW YORK, July 8- Barnes& Noble Inc Chief Executive Officer William Lynch has resigned effective immediately, the U.S. bookstore chain said on Monday.
*BM&FBovespa controls almost all equity trading in Brazil. RIO DE JANEIRO, July 8- Brazil's government could urge the nation's sole financial bourse BM&FBovespa SA to share clearing and depositary services with rivals if studies determine that is the most efficient option for market participants, the head of securities regulator CVM said on Monday.
LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec/ CHICAGO, July 8- The death toll in Quebec's oil train disaster jumped to 13 people on Monday and police said about 37 more people were missing, a sign the derailment and explosion could be the worst accident in Canada since the Swissair crash of 1998..
WASHINGTON, July 8- Amanda Renteria, mooted as a candidate to succeed Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chairman Gary Gensler, on Monday said she had withdrawn her name from the race to head the top U.S. derivatives regulator.