* U.S. stock index futures pointed to a lower open on Wall
Street on Tuesday, with futures for the S&P 500 down 0.4
percent while the Dow Jones and Nasdaq 100
contracts were down 0.3 percent at 0816 GMT.
* European shares were flat in jittery early trade on
Tuesday, steadying after four sessions of losses as euro zone
ministers ratified the bailout for Spanish banks, but with
growth and broader European debt concerns capping the upside.
* Japan's Nikkei share average fell on Tuesday for the
fourth straight session, reversing morning gains after
weaker-than-expected Chinese imports stirred concerns about
slowing demand in the world's second largest economy.
* Germany's top court will consider on Tuesday whether
Europe's new bailout scheme and budget rules are compatible with
national law in a process influencing not just how to tackle the
euro zone debt crisis, but how much deeper European integration
* ICSC/Goldman Sachs release U.S. chain store sales for the
week ended July 7 at 1145 GMT. In the previous week, sales rose
* Redbook releases its Retail Sales Index of department and
chain store sales for July versus June at 1255 GMT. In the prior
period, sales were up 0.2 percent.
* Alcoa Inc's quarterly revenue and profit beat Wall
Street's expectations even though prices for its aluminum are at
nearly two-year lows, and it forecast growing demand in the
aerospace and auto sectors.
* Google Inc is close to paying $22.5 million to
settle charges that it bypassed the privacy settings of
customers using Apple's Safari browser, the Wall Street
Journal reported, citing officials briefed on the settlement
* Intel Corp will spend more than $4 billion on up
to 15 percent of ASML and bankroll the Dutch company's
research into costly next-generation chipmaking technology, a
major vote of confidence in the European firm that sent its U.S.
shares soaring 6 percent.
* Bankrupt aircraft maker Hawker Beechcraft Inc, owned by
Goldman Sachs and Onex Corp, said it is in
exclusive talks with a little-known Chinese aerospace firm over
a $1.79 billion takeover, an offer that may flush out higher
bids from other parties.
* United Technologies Corp on Monday announced that
its Sikorsky Aircraft unit had signed a five-year, $8.5 billion
contract to build 653 H-60 Black Hawk and Seahawk helicopters
for the U.S. Army and Navy.
* The Dow Jones industrial average ended down 36.18
points, or 0.28 percent, at 12,736.29 on Monday. The Standard &
Poor's 500 Index was down 2.22 points, or 0.16 percent,
at 1,352.46. The Nasdaq Composite Index was down 5.56
points, or 0.19 percent, at 2,931.77.