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  • Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Louisiana and New Mexico each gained two, while Colorado, Ohio, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania were up one apiece. Texas declined by three, Alaska and West Virginia by two each and Utah by one. Arkansas, California, Kansas, North Dakota and Wyoming were unchanged.

  • July 29- U.S. drillers this week added oil rigs for a fifth consecutive week as part of the biggest monthly rig count increase in over two years, Baker Hughes Inc said on Friday. Drillers added three oil rigs in the week to July 29, bringing the total rig count up to 374, compared with 664 a year ago, according to the closely followed Baker Hughes weekly report.

  • July 29- U.S. drillers this week added oil rigs for a fifth consecutive week, Baker Hughes Inc said on Friday, but the oilfield services provider and some analysts cast doubts on a substantial recovery in drilling this year with crude prices heading for their biggest monthly loss in a year. The market was on track for a monthly loss of about 15 percent, and is down...

  • FORT SMITH, Ark. _ ArcBest Corp. on Friday reported second-quarter net income of $10.2 million. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 41 cents per share. ArcBest shares have dropped 16 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • EL DORADO, Ark. _ Deltic Timber Corp. on Wednesday reported second-quarter profit of $4.2 million. The El Dorado, Arkansas- based company said it had profit of 35 cents per share. Keywords: Deltic Timber, Earnings Report.

  • EL DORADO, Ark. _ Murphy Oil Corp. on Wednesday reported second-quarter net income of $2.9 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 41 cents per share. Murphy Oil shares have increased 24 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard&...

  • TONTITOWN, Ark. _ P.A.M. Transportation Services Inc. on Wednesday reported second-quarter net income of $4 million. On a per-share basis, the Tontitown, Arkansas- based company said it had profit of 61 cents. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • The Associated Press reported Monday that it appears Arkansas had obtained a paralytic drug made by a subsidiary of Pfizer for use in executions. Pfizer has said it doesn't want its drugs used that way and that it has safeguards in place to prevent it from happening. Doug House, a Republican from North Little Rock, said Tuesday that while Pfizer may complain about...

  • LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— An execution drug obtained by the Arkansas prison system earlier this month appears to have been made by a subsidiary of Pfizer, even though the pharmaceutical giant has said it doesn't want its drugs to be used in executions. It matches labels submitted to the National Institutes of Health by Hospira, Inc., which Pfizer bought last year.

  • NEW YORK— Pink for girls. Kristin Higgins was adamant about not pushing "girly" stereotypes on her daughter, and painted her room in shades of green. "It's hard to find gender-neutral clothing," said Higgins, 35, of Little Rock, whose daughter is now 6. "I want her to just get up and put on the clothing without thinking of putting on a costume, an identity."

  • Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 371 rigs sought oil and 88 explored for natural gas this week. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas gained 15, California was up by two and New Mexico gained one. Arkansas, Colorado, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming were unchanged.

  • NEW YORK— A federal appeals court has rejected a shareholder lawsuit filed against key directors at Wal-Mart Stores Inc. that claimed they allowed and concealed alleged bribery in the company's Mexico division. Chief Judge William Riley wrote for the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that shareholders, including the Louisiana Municipal Police Employees'...

  • July 22- Wal-Mart Stores Inc executives and directors persuaded a federal appeals court on Friday to reject shareholder claims that they permitted and then covered up pervasive bribery by officials at the world's largest retailer's Mexico unit. By a 3-0 vote, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis upheld a lower court dismissal of a federal lawsuit...

  • LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ Bear State Financial Inc. on Thursday reported second-quarter earnings of $4.5 million. Bear State Financial shares have decreased 8 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Bear State Financial, Earnings Report.

  • CONWAY, Ark. _ Home BancShares Inc. on Thursday reported second-quarter profit of $43.5 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 30 cents per share. Home BancShares shares have risen slightly more than 1 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • July 20- Massachusetts will ban the sale of "copycat" assault-style weapons similar to those increasingly used in mass shootings, state Attorney General Maura Healey said on Wednesday. "The gun industry has openly defied our laws here in Massachusetts for nearly two decades. They have been used in massacres in Orlando, Florida; San Bernardino, California; Newtown,...

  • In a blog post Wednesday, the Environmental Defense Fund said Wal-Mart has made "major strides" and has set in place "effective systems to measure and track progress over time." The group also mentioned that Wal-Mart is also working to increase the number of private-brand products that bear Safer Choice certification, a voluntary program implemented by the U.S....

  • LOWELL, Ark. _ JB Hunt Transport Services Inc. on Monday reported second-quarter profit of $105 million. The average estimate of 13 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 96 cents per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

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