PARIS, Aug 15 (Reuters) - * U.S. stock index futures pointed
to a slight dip at open on Wall Street on Wednesday, with
futures for the S&P 500 down 0.2 percent, Dow Jones
futures down 0.16 percent and Nasdaq 100 futures
down 0.28 percent at 0824 GMT.
* European shares fell in early trade on Wednesday in low
volumes, consolidating four-month highs as investors awaited
greater visibility on central bank action before committing new
* Kraft Foods Inc's board of directors on Tuesday
approved the spinoff of its North American grocery business to
shareholders, with the date for the spinoff set for Oct. 1.
* U.S. buyout fund Carlyle Group said on Wednesday it
has acquired a 13.5 percent stake in Meinian Onehealth
Healthcare Group Co Ltd, placing a bet on rising spending on
preventive healthcare from China's growing middle class and
* Australia called on the rest of the world to match its
tough new anti-tobacco marketing laws after its highest court on
Wednesday dismissed a challenge from international cigarette
companies in a major test case. Tobacco giants British American
Tobacco, Britain's Imperial Tobacco, Philip
Morris and Japan Tobacco challenged the laws in
Australia's High Court, claiming the rules were unconstitutional
because they effectively extinguished their intellectual
* Liberty Media Corp has bought more shares of
Sirius XM in recent days, a securities filing showed,
as the satellite radio operator's biggest shareholder continues
to move ahead with its plan to wrest control of the company.
* Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway made two
substantial bets on the oil business in the second quarter.
The famed money manager also cut three of his firm's biggest
holdings sharply in the quarter that ended June 30, regulatory
filings on Tuesday reveal.
* Biodiesel maker Renewable Energy Group Inc posted
a second-quarter profit on Tuesday versus a year-ago loss, as
the company continued to increase production.
* Goldman Sachs Group Inc Chief Executive Lloyd
Blankfein and other bank officials won the dismissal of a
shareholder lawsuit accusing them of tolerating poor mortgage
practices and quitting a federal bailout program early to boost
* BP Capital, the investment management firm led by
billionaire energy investor T. Boone Pickens, sold all of its
holdings in number two U.S. gas producer Chesapeake Energy
and oil major BP PLC, according to second quarter
filings posted with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
on Tuesday afternoon.
* Two U.S. House Democrats investigating bribery allegations
in Wal-Mart's Mexico affiliate said on Tuesday they have
obtained new internal records that may point to evidence of tax
evasion and money laundering.
* JDS Uniphase Corp's quarterly results beat
analysts' estimates on strong demand in the Americas region for
its products used in broadband networks, sending its shares up 4
percent after the bell. The company also said Chief Financial
Officer Dave Vellequette would step down on Aug. 31.
* Canadian yogawear retailer Lululemon Athletica Inc
is suing PVH Corp's Calvin Klein and G-III
Apparel Group Ltd, accusing the companies of infringing
three pant patents.
* Saudi Arabia and its closest regional partners have shown
interest in buying the most advanced Lockheed Martin Corp
missile-defense system to counter perceived threats,
executives of the Pentagon's top supplier said on Tuesday.
* On the macro front, investors awaited July Consumer Price
Index, due at 1230 GMT, New York Fed's Empire State
Manufacturing Survey for August, also at 1230 GMT, as well as
the August housing market index, due at 1400 GMT.
* U.S. stocks ended little changed o n T uesday in what
investors described as a fatigued market after the S&P 500 rose
in seven of the past eight sessions.
* The Dow Jones industrial average rose 2.71 points,
or 0.02 percent, to 13,172.14. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index
was down 0.18 point, or 0.01 percent, at 1,403.93. The
Nasdaq Composite Index was down 5.54 points, or 0.18
percent, at 3,016.98.