NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Tuesday as a pair of big M&A deals boosted market optimism and pointed to a rebound from the broad decline in the previous session, which was the S&P 500's weakest day in a month.
LONDON (Reuters) - British insurer Aviva agreed terms on Tuesday for a 5.6 billion pound ($8.8 billion) all-share takeover of rival Friends Life , responding to pressures caused by pension industry reform.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Some 250 jobs at a South African forging company could be cut after U.S. motor company Ford canceled a components contract with SKF , just weeks after strikes hit car parts manufacturers, a union said on Tuesday.
LONDON (Reuters) - British luxury carmaker Jaguar Land Rover said on Tuesday it has reached a deal over pay and pensions with union representatives after revising its offer, which will now be recommended to staff to settle a dispute that had threatened industrial action.
OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) - Apple Inc will defend against allegations that it abused a monopoly position in the digital music player market as it heads to trial in a case that could cost the company about $1 billion if it loses.
ROME (Reuters) - The board of Telecom Italia will unlikely meet before Christmas to discuss options in Brazil, its chairman said on Tuesday, as the Italian phone group is examining a possible tie-up with Brazilian telecoms operator Oi .
MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish oil company Repsol is seeking partners to invest $4 billion to export natural gas from North America to Europe, which is looking to cut its dependence on supplies from Russia, two sources familiar with the matter said.