But while Obama got laughs in Washington, Oscar winners George Clooney and Sean Penn launched broadsides against Sony and Hollywood studios' response to the hack. Sony has said it could not release the film on its set date of Dec. 25 after cinemas said they would not show it because of fears of unspecified threats from hackers. Clooney, whose past two films for which...» Read More
*China Q2 gross domestic product due on Wednesday. LONDON, July 15- Copper prices steadied on Tuesday, boosted by optimism about demand for industrial metals from top consumer China and shrinking supplies, but further gains were capped by selling pressure as traders cashed-in on recent gains.
*BOJ keeps policy steady, as widely expected. TOKYO, July 15- The Bank of Japan's governor voiced confidence on Tuesday that inflation would hold above 1 percent even when a boost from energy costs fades, attempting to convince sceptics the economy was recovering and there was no threat of a return to deflation.
FARNBOROUGH, England, July 15- Boeing announced a 26- plane deal with lessor Air Lease Corp on Tuesday including six of the wide-body 777-300 ER model and 20 of the smaller 737 MAX 8.. Air Lease Corp chairman and chief executive Steven Udvar-Hazy said the company had already lined up three airlines to take the six 777-300 ER jets.
July 15- Aircraft leasing company SMBC Aviation Capital said it had placed an order worth $11.8 billion with Airbus Group NV for 115 aircraft. The firm order is for 110 A320neo and five A320ceo aircraft, SMBC said in a statement on Tuesday. SMMBC said it would announce its engines selection at a later date.
*Report backs reform of existing ECB and 4 p.m. London fix. LONDON, July 15- The G20's global financial regulator on Tuesday urged deep-rooted change to how currency benchmarks are set, a response to allegations that dealers at major banks colluded and manipulated rates.
FARNBOROUGH, England, July 15- Boeing announced a 26- plane deal with lessor Air Lease Corp on Tuesday including six of the wide-body 777-300 ER model and 20 of the smaller 737 MAX 8..
LONDON, July 15- Brent crude oil slipped below $106.50 a barrel on Tuesday as easing concerns over global supplies offset the impact of renewed violence in Libya. The latest violence came as oil output from Libya rose to nearly 500,000 barrels per day after Tripoli reached a deal with rebels controlling key export ports.
FARNBOROUGH, England, July 15- Airbus sales chief John Leahy expects at least 50 orders for the European planemaker's revamped A330neo at this week's Farnborough Airshow, and is aiming for over 100, he told Reuters Insider TV on Tuesday.
*Hamas leader in Cairo says group undecided over truce. GAZA/ JERUSALEM, July 15- Palestinian militants fired rockets at Israel on Tuesday after it agreed to an Egyptian proposal to end the week-old Gaza conflict, and a Hamas leader said the Islamist group was still undecided on whether to accept the ceasefire.
STRASBOURG, France, July 15- Designated European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Tuesday he would work towards the introduction of a minimum social wage in each member state of the European Union.
SHANGHAI/ HONG KONG, July 15- A Chinese government agency that oversees state-owned firms on Tuesday named six of them it said will participate in a reform process that could widen the role private capital plays in China's massive state sector.
LONDON, July 15- GE Aviation chief executive David Joyce said the firm expected to achieve its Farnborough Airshow target of $30 billion of orders and commitments by the end of Tuesday.
STRASBOURG, France, July 15- Designated European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker called on Tuesday for a 300 billion euro public-private investment programme to revive the European economy, create jobs for the young and stimulate growth over the next three years.
The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 share index rose 0.1 percent, with benchmark indexes in Frankfurt, Paris and London trading flat to 0.3 percent higher, held back by a weaker technology sector as Germany's Software AG fell 15 percent after cutting forecasts.
Discussions are still under way about whether F-35 jets can travel to Britain for the Farnborough air show under the restrictions imposed, the sources said.
LONDON, July 15- The yen eased on Tuesday after the Bank of Japan sounded some cautious notes on growth but stopped well short of hinting at a new bout of money-printing.
HONG KONG, July 15- Hong Kong shares firmed on Tuesday, with China Mobile being the top boost on the Hang Seng for the second day after a deal with two other telecom firms to share infrastructure.
*Software AG down 14 pct after cutting sales outlook. LONDON, July 15- European shares were little changed on Tuesday as a gloomy outlook statement from Software AG was partly offset by strong earnings reports from Scandinavian companies such as H&M.
SHANGHAI, July 15- A Chinese government agency overseeing state-owned firms on Tuesday identified six of them that will be part of a reform process aimed at giving private capital a bigger role in China's massive state sector.
TOKYO, July 15- Japanese messaging app operator Line Corp applied for an initial public offering valued at over 1 trillion yen around two weeks ago at the Tokyo Stock Exchange, a person with knowledge of the matter said on Tuesday.