Sandy Villere, Villere & Co. co-portfolio manager, discusses the impact of colder weather on Conn's business. "This is going to be a great opportunity when they get the credit problems under control," he says.» Read More
*Sees 2014 adjusted EPS of $4.45- $4.60 vs est $4.32. *4th- quarter EPS 97 cents vs 62 cents last year. The fourth quarter was also helped by cost savings from Duke's $18- billion buyout of rival Progress Energy in July 2012, which created the largest U.S. power company with a market value of about $50 billion.
*Both sides play down expectations ahead of Vienna meeting. VIENNA, Feb 18- Six world powers and Iran began talks on Tuesday in pursuit of a final settlement on Tehran's disputed nuclear programme in the coming months despite caveats from both sides that a breakthrough deal may prove impossible.
VIENNA, Feb 18- The United States and long-time arch-foe Iran agree on at least one thing ahead of Tuesday's negotiations on a long-term nuclear deal- reaching an agreement will be very difficult, if not impossible.
The letter was prompted by a Wall Street Journal investigation into a night-time sniper attack in April 2013 on the Metcalf substation in southern California which threatened to blackout power to thousands of homes.
Prices will rise even further in 2015 and 2016 as demand for electric generation rises with the shutdown of coal power plants and as exports to Mexico, Europe and Asia increase.
IVANPAH DRY LAKE, Calif./ LOS ANGELES, Feb 13- One of the world's largest solar projects, which uses heat from the sun to generate power in California, opened on Thursday but may be the last of its kind in The Golden State.
CNBC's Kate Kelly reports natural gas is rallying amid major snowstorms in the East Coast region. Power plants are also benefiting.
*Managers seek half of profit from outside Europe in 5 years. ESSEN, Germany Feb 13- German utility RWE's trading subsidiary is seeking to expand in North American and Asian energy and commodities markets because of Europe's slow growth and increased regulation, a senior manager said.
*Poland, Turkey, Bangladesh, Jordan "making good progress". Referring to plans by Bangladesh, Jordan, Turkey and Poland, she told Reuters: "I think that there is probably another four countries that could have their first reactors under construction in the next five years."
HOUSTON, Feb 12- As the debate over the future of Texas's $35 billion electricity market enters a third year with no end in sight, one independent power producer decided not to wait for an outcome, filing for bankruptcy on Wednesday, citing depressed market conditions.
Optim Energy, an electric company owned by a Bill Gates investment fund, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after piling up losses in a depressed power market.
WILMINGTON, Del, Feb 12- Optim Energy LLC, a Texas electric company owned by a Bill Gates investment fund, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Wednesday after piling up losses in a depressed power market.
Feb 11- North Carolina has asked a state judge to put a controversial settlement deal with U.S. power company Duke Energy over pollution on hold after a massive coal ash spill into a local river raised fresh concerns about water safety.
Feb 11- Canadian Solar Inc's fourth-quarter revenue estimate missed analysts' estimates as weak panel prices more than offset a rise in demand, sending its shares down 4 percent. Solar companies are seeing increased demand for panels and other products, primarily in China and Japan, but prices remain depressed as excess supplies continue to flood the market.
*India says looking into policies in U.S. renewable sector. *Will respond to action at WTO: India trade minister. NEW DELHI, Feb 11- India said on Tuesday it was investigating U.S. policies supporting solar panel makers, the latest move in an escalating row over renewable energy that has worsened already strained ties between the two countries.
CNBC's Hampton Pearson reports why the water crisis in West Virginia is far from over.
In particular, the massive hydroelectric dams along the Columbia River and its tributaries in Washington, Oregon, Montana and Idaho are crucial suppliers of electricity to California via high-voltage transmission lines, known as paths.
NEW DELHI, Feb 10- The weak rupee cut India's imports of coal, the fuel that provides almost 60 percent of its electricity, by 33 percent in January from the same month last year, data from leading research group OreTeam showed on Monday. Struggling domestic coal output has meant that India has jumped to the number three global importer, behind China and Japan.
Hundreds of technicians and engineers are camped out in Tokyo hotels trying to revive Japan's nuclear industry.
Feb 9- Following is a list of nuclear reactors under review by the regulator before being allowed to re-start operations. For a related story, Capacity is in megawatts. PWR stands for pressurised water reactor.