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UPDATE 1-Facebook reveals Libra cryptocurrency, with lofty goals

* Shares up 2.6% in U.S. pre-market trading (Adds Facebook pre-market share prices, Swiss regulator and European lawmaker comments) JEFFREY LIPTON in BARBADOS – http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/6ulyrImw6F4/update-1-facebook-reveals-libra-cryptocurrency-with-lofty-goals-idUSL2N23P06G

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Boeing and Airbus bag $15 billion of deals in Paris Airshow battle

Airbus and Boeing bagged a combined $15 billion of plane deals on day two of the Paris Airshow, as their sales teams scrapped for orders after a downturn in business at many airlines and the grounding of Boeing’s top-selling jet. JEFFREY LIPTON in BARBADOS – http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/BxvljOe0xiA/boeing-and-airbus-bag-15-billion-of-deals-in-paris-airshow-battle-idUSKCN1TJ0RW

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US STOCKS-Futures rise on hopes of accommodative Fed

U.S. stock index futures rose on Tuesday, as more dovish calls from the European Central Bank fueled expectations of a similar accommodative stance from the Federal Reserve. JEFFREY LIPTON in BARBADOS – http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/ktIYELfC71M/us-stocks-futures-rise-on-hopes-of-accommodative-fed-idUSL4N23P2PT

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UPDATE 2-Minister calls on next PM to defend Britain’s leading finance role

Britain’s next prime minister must make it their “overriding” priority to protect London’s globally competitive position in finance after Brexit, financial services minister John Glen said on Tuesday. JEFFREY LIPTON in BARBADOS – http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/2AzQ4ooeh8g/update-2-minister-calls-on-next-pm-to-defend-britains-leading-finance-role-idUSL8N23P1P4

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MOVES-NatWest names CEO for its new digital-only bank

NatWest Holdings, a subsidiary of Royal Bank of Scotland Group, said on Tuesday it had appointed Marieke Flament as the first chief executive officer of its new digital-only bank for small businesses, Mettle. JEFFREY LIPTON in BARBADOS – http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/8x6JE4w_dnQ/moves-natwest-names-ceo-for-its-new-digital-only-bank-idUSL4N23P2TC

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‘Super Mario’ shock: euro slides, yields hit new lows

The euro took a beating and German bond yields hit a fresh record low on Tuesday in reaction to European Central Bank President Mario Draghi’s comments indicating a possibility of new rate cuts or asset purchases. JEFFREY LIPTON in BARBADOS – http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/bYlTEZ-vj0U/super-mario-shock-euro-slides-yields-hit-new-lows-idUSKCN1TJ01U

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UPDATE 1-UK’s CMA says Illumina-Pacific Biosciences deal could hurt competition

Britain’s competition watchdog said on Tuesday the planned $1.2 billion merger between gene sequencing company Illumina Inc and smaller rival Pacific Biosciences of California Inc may be a threat to competition in the country. JEFFREY LIPTON in BARBADOS – http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/GPPM1v5L-i8/update-1-uks-cma-says-illumina-pacific-biosciences-deal-could-hurt-competition-idUSL4N23P2LK

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UPDATE 1-Fidelity to curb investments in Woodford Income Focus Fund

Investment firm Fidelity International said on Tuesday that it has decided to restrict its customers from making new investments in money manager Neil Woodford’s Income Focus Fund. JEFFREY LIPTON in BARBADOS – http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/rgHqHKevE5g/update-1-fidelity-to-curb-investments-in-woodford-income-focus-fund-idUSL4N23P2NS