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  • HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by two this week to 874.. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, New Mexico gained three rigs, Louisiana gained two and North Dakota, Ohio, Texas and Wyoming each gained one. Kansas lost four rigs, Utah declined by three, Alaska and...

  • Murphy Oil reports 2Q loss Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 5:57 PM ET

    EL DORADO, Ark. _ Murphy Oil Corp. on Wednesday reported a second-quarter loss of $73.8 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 54 cents per share. Murphy Oil shares have fallen 32 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard&...

  • WASHINGTON/ OKLAHOMA CITY, July 28- Two energy companies are shutting injection wells after three strong earthquakes struck near an Oklahoma town, in response to concerns about the practice of injecting wastewater from oil and gas operations deep underground, state regulators said on Tuesday. Three quakes above magnitude 4.0 struck on Monday near the town of...

  • What's in the 6-year Senate transportation bill Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 | 3:55 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Senate is moving toward the likely passage this week of a sweeping, six-year transportation bill, but the House is putting off consideration of the measure until this fall. Industry officials said the $350 billion Senate bill isn't ideal— not as much money as they would like and only three of the six years paid for— but they are desperate for at least...

  • Magellan Health beats Street 2Q forecasts Monday, 27 Jul 2015 | 6:45 AM ET

    SCOTTSDALE, Ark. _ Magellan Health Services Inc. on Monday reported second-quarter earnings of $4.6 million. Magellan Health expects full-year earnings in the range of $3.45 to $3.90 per share. Magellan Health shares have climbed roughly 9 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • NEW YORK— It's official: Amazon is bigger than Wal-Mart. The sharp increase in shares brought Amazon's market value to $247.77 billion, more than its biggest rival, Wal-Mart Stores Inc., signaling a sea change in retailing. Bentonville, Arkansas- based Wal-Mart Stores is valued at about $230.53 billion.

  • P.A.M. Transportation posts 2Q profit Thursday, 23 Jul 2015 | 10:48 AM ET

    TONTITOWN, Ark. _ P.A.M. Transportation Services Inc. on Thursday reported second-quarter earnings of $7 million. On a per-share basis, the Tontitown, Arkansas- based company said it had profit of 94 cents. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • Simmons First National posts 2Q profit Thursday, 23 Jul 2015 | 9:45 AM ET

    PINE BLUFF, Ark. _ Simmons First National Corp. on Thursday reported second-quarter profit of $20.1 million. Simmons First National shares have risen 18 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Simmons First National, Earnings Report.

  • Wal-Mart buying remaining stake in China's Yihaodian Thursday, 23 Jul 2015 | 6:51 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Wal-Mart wants to make a bigger play for Chinese consumers online. Wal-Mart is attempting to follow consumers as they migrate to the Internet in China, a country where the retailer has struggled to adjust to buying habits and local competition. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. previously held about 51 percent of Yihaodian.

  • On Wednesday, University of California President Janet Napolitano announced the 10- campus system would pay its employees that much by late 2017, while a New York wage board backed an eventual $15 an hour for the state's 150,000 fast-food workers. Voters in SeaTac, Washington, population 27,875, made their suburban Seattle city the nation's first with a $15-...

  • Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told the House Agriculture Committee at a hearing on Wednesday. Developing a vaccine targeted to the H5N2 virus that has killed 48 million birds since early March in 15 states, including hardest-hit Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska, is one aspect of planning for a potential recurrence of the bird flu, Vilsack said.

  • Deltic posts 2Q profit Wednesday, 22 Jul 2015 | 5:18 PM ET

    EL DORADO, Ark. _ Deltic Timber Corp. on Wednesday reported second-quarter net income of $831,000. On a per-share basis, the El Dorado, Arkansas- based company said it had profit of 7 cents. Keywords: Deltic Timber, Earnings Report.

  • Senate GOP adds Dodd-Frank rewrite to $21B funding bill Wednesday, 22 Jul 2015 | 12:24 PM ET

    The measure approved Wednesday by a Senate panel would ease requirements on smaller banks and give lenders greater freedom from mortgage lending rules. The measure cleared the Banking Committee on a party-line vote two months ago and appears unlikely to pass the Senate soon. At the same time, the legislation would require the report to be submitted to...

  • On the Democratic side is Andrew Bleeker, a 30- year-old wunderkind who founded the digital consulting firm Bully Pulpit Interactive after whipping up President Barack Obama's digital outreach strategy for his second presidential run in 2012.. The veteran strategist helped sweep several Republican senators into office in 2014, including Iowa's Joni...

  • This table contains projected and actual enrollment figures for the newly eligible Medicaid population in the 30 states and the District of Columbia that have opted to expand the program under the federal Affordable Care Act. Where available, it also provides the estimated and revised cost of paying for the program during the 2017 fiscal year, when states...

  • ATLANTA— More than a dozen states that opted to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act have seen enrollments surge way beyond projections, raising concerns that the added costs will strain their budgets when federal aid is scaled back starting in two years. That's greater than what was initially predicted through 2021. As a result, the state revised its...

  • Chattanooga death toll climbs as mourning grows Friday, 17 Jul 2015 | 1:55 PM ET
    Members of the FBI Evidence Response Team work the scene of a shooting in the parking lot of the Armed Forces Career Center/National Guard recruitment office on July 16, 2015 in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

    One by one, portraits of the Tennessee-based Marines shot by a gunman have emerged, The New York Times reports.

  • "Walmart and others were a fundamental force in getting many companies to go the way of the dodo," he said. Avgoustis was among some 2,000 executives from U.S. manufacturing companies who journeyed to Wal-Mart Stores Inc headquarters here on July 7 to huddle in tiny conference rooms with Walmart buyers and present products made in the U.S. They would also get...

  • SAO PAULO, July 1- JBS SA, the world's largest meatpacker, said on Wednesday its U.S. division would purchase pork assets from Cargill meat solutions for $1.45 billion, free of debt. The announcement follows a deal announced by Brazil- based JBS on June 21 to purchase Moy Park Ltd, the British unit of rival Marfrig Global Foods SA. The Cargill pork purchase includes two...

  • WASHINGTON, June 30- An Oklahoma woman who was injured when an earthquake rocked her home in 2011 can sue oil companies for damages, the state's highest court ruled on Tuesday, opening the door to other potential lawsuits against the state's energy companies. Oklahoma, home to major energy companies including Chesapeake Energy Corp., Devon Energy Corp., and...