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  • MOUNT HOLLY, N.J.— A judge is weeks away from deciding whether to allow a disputed environmental contamination settlement between New Jersey and Exxon Mobil Corp., he said Thursday during a hearing on the deal. Chris Christie following 11 years of litigation over pollution caused by the company, particularly at sites in Linden and Bayonne.

  • Service Corp. posts 2Q profit Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 7:16 PM ET

    HOUSTON _ Service Corp. International on Wednesday reported second-quarter profit of $52.6 million. Service Corp. expects full-year earnings in the range of $1.22 to $1.28 per share. Service Corp. shares have risen 31 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Kraton reports 2Q loss Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 6:03 PM ET

    HOUSTON _ Kraton Performance Polymers Inc. on Wednesday reported a second-quarter loss of $5.6 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. On a per-share basis, the Houston- based company said it had a loss of 18 cents. Keywords: Kraton Performance Polymers, Earnings Report.

  • July 29- Whole Foods Market Inc on Wednesday said same-store sales growth cooled again in the third quarter, hurt by competition and an overcharging scandal in its New York City stores, and its shares tumbled 11 percent in after-hours trade. The rapid deceleration is troubling for investors, who have wondered how long Whole Foods could maintain its grip on the...

  • NEW YORK— Whole Foods is feeling pinched after New York City officials found it was overcharging customers. Robb said that "nobody gets it 100 percent right" when it comes to weights and measurements in the grocery industry, but that Whole Foods was nevertheless taking steps to prevent overcharging going forward. "We're not sure why Whole Foods was singled out for...

  • Judge rejects claim that bourbon was falsely advertised Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 2:30 PM ET

    LOUISVILLE, Ky.— Chalk up another round for Maker's Mark distillery in fending off claims of misleading marketing for promoting its Kentucky bourbon as handmade. A federal judge in California this week dismissed a lawsuit filed by two consumers who claimed they were misled by the bourbon maker's handmade claims on its bottles, known for their red-wax seal.

  • Jane Birkin asks Hermes to take her name off croc handbag Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 7:26 AM ET

    PARIS— British singer Jane Birkin has asked Hermes to take her name off the crocodile-skin versions of the iconic Birkin handbag, after being contacted by animal rights group PETA over "cruel" slaughtering practices. A PETA video from June shows several reptiles at a Texas farm that supplies crocodile skins to Hermes left twitching in a bloody ice container to...

  • Oil States International posts 2Q profit Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 | 7:42 PM ET

    HOUSTON _ Oil States International Inc. on Tuesday reported second-quarter net income of $6.2 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 earnings of 3 cents per share. Oil States International shares have fallen 38 percent since the beginning of the...

  • Weingarten Realty reports 2Q results Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 | 7:21 PM ET

    The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of 53 cents per share. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $124.5 million. Weingarten Realty expects full-year funds from operations in the range of $2.14 to $2.18 per share.

  • HCC Insurance misses Street 2Q forecasts Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 | 6:36 PM ET

    HOUSTON _ HCC Insurance Holdings Inc. on Tuesday reported second-quarter earnings of $79.2 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 94 cents per share. HCC Insurance shares have increased 44 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Green Bancorp meets 2Q profit forecasts Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 | 5:33 PM ET

    HOUSTON _ Green Bancorp Inc. on Tuesday reported second-quarter profit of $4.1 million. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of 20 cents per share. Green Bancorp shares have risen 16 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • July 28- U.S. oil and gas company Anadarko Petroleum Corp on Tuesday reported a drop in profit, but results topped Wall Street expectations as the oil and natural gas company improved drilling practices and produced more crude than expected. The gains were driven by crude from shale fields in Colorado and Texas. The Houston company had a quarterly profit of $61...

  • *Cheniere looks at bringing floating LNG terminal to Croatia. BUDAPEST, July 28- Cheniere Energy Inc plans to deliver liquefied natural gas to central and southeastern Europe within a few years, a move that with U.S. supplies would loosen Russia's energy grip on the region, sources told Reuters. Speaking on condition of anonymity, they said Cheniere was looking at...

  • July 28- National Oilwell Varco Inc, the largest U.S. oilfield equipment provider, reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit as cost cuts helped offset the impact of a fall in global drilling activity. Expenses fell more than 18 percent to $417 million in the second quarter ended June 30 from a year earlier, the company said. Net income attributable to the...

  • LyondellBasell beats 2Q profit forecasts Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 | 7:45 AM ET

    HOUSTON _ LyondellBasell Industries on Tuesday reported second-quarter earnings of $1.33 billion. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $2.58 per share. LyondellBasell shares have risen 13 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has stayed nearly flat.

  • National Oilwell Varco beats Street 2Q forecasts Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 | 7:15 AM ET

    HOUSTON _ National Oilwell Varco on Tuesday reported second-quarter net income of $289 million. The average estimate of 17 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 64 cents per share. National Oilwell Varco shares have declined 36 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has stayed nearly flat.

  • National Oilwell profit drops 53 pct on weak demand Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 | 7:08 AM ET

    July 28- National Oilwell Varco Inc, the largest U.S. oilfield equipment provider, reported a 53 percent fall in quarterly profit as a steep decline in commodity prices weighed on demand and prices for its products. Net income attributable to the company fell to $289 million, or 74 cents per share, in the second quarter ended June 30, from $619 million, or $1.44 per...

  • Southwestern Energy reports 2Q loss Monday, 27 Jul 2015 | 5:33 PM ET

    HOUSTON _ Southwestern Energy Co. on Monday reported a second-quarter loss of $788 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. The average estimate of 15 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 5 cents per share. Southwestern Energy shares have decreased 33 percent since the beginning of the year, while the...

  • Gasoline prices would rise by about 8 to 14 cents a gallon, if the ban were lifted, because the move would boost the price for domestic oil, according to the report by Stancil& Co.. But a full lifting of the ban faces an uphill battle as many lawmakers in Congress are wary about being blamed for a rise in gasoline prices, even if any boost is unrelated to oil exports.

  • BEIJING— A Chinese court says it has accepted a case brought by a social organization against oil giants ConocoPhillips China and China National Offshore Oil Corp. over oil spills in northern China in 2011.. In June 2011, oil spills from an oilfield jointly owned by Houston- based ConocoPhillips' Chinese subsidiary and CNOOC, China's main offshore oil and gas...