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  • Canadian oil sands woes reach far-flung eastern shores Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 | 1:00 AM ET

    Cape Breton is another example how the 60 percent slide in oil prices since last June has rippled far and wide, affecting property markets in Alberta and North Dakota, helicopter sales in Houston, the Canadian dollar and national interest rates. Many young workers head to Fort McMurray in northern Alberta, lured by big paychecks awaiting at oil sands projects...

  • HOUSTON/ WILLISTON, N.D., March 18- With the prospect of another plunge in crude prices looming after two months of stability, U.S. shale oil producers may face another round of spending cuts to conserve cash and survive the downturn. "If I were an oil company today, I would talk about one thing: how far can you cut costs," said Fadel Gheit, an oil analyst at Oppenheimer in New...

  • HONG KONG, March 18- Mainland Chinese account for over 80 percent of people awaiting visas that bestow U.S. citizenship in return for investment, showed findings by real estate services firm Savills Studley, who said the trend is pushing up demand for commercial property. A rising number of Chinese are applying for EB-5 visas, where non-citizens put at least...

  • The widespread use of a combination of drugs that include Gilead Sciences Inc's Sovaldi, known generically as sofosbuvir, will nonetheless be a significant cost for the U.S. healthcare system, researchers wrote. Sovaldi's initial $84,000 price drew widespread criticism last year, and insurers have since pressed Gilead and rival AbbVie Inc to offer steep...

  • Brent holds above $57 on bargain hunting, weaker dollar Thursday, 12 Mar 2015 | 11:41 PM ET

    *The end of a 40- day walkout by U.S. refinery workers may support prices- analyst. SINGAPORE, March 13- Brent crude steadied above $57 a barrel on Friday on bargain hunting by investors, but gains were capped by a steadying dollar after its fall from multi-year highs on weaker U.S. retail sales. Brent for April delivery was trading up 5 cents at $57.13 by 0318 GMT after...

  • *Genscape cites another big U.S. crude stock in Cushing- trade. NEW YORK, March 12- Global oil prices fell on Thursday on estimates showing another big supply build at the delivery point for the U.S. crude contract, with trade volatile ahead of the expiry of the front-month in benchmark Brent oil. "The ship channel opening allows crude to get to refineries and the...

  • *Iraq seeks to stem losses from falling oil prices. BAGHDAD, March 12- Oil companies have proposed millions of dollars of cuts in development spending in Iraq, a senior oil ministry official said, after Baghdad told them low oil prices and its fight against Islamic State had made payments difficult. The slump in crude prices to below $60 a barrel from $115 in June has...

  • HOUSTON, March 11- The United Steelworkers union signaled that lead refinery owner representative Shell Oil Co may offer a possible settlement in the coming days that could end the largest refinery strike in 35 years. "Policy committee traveling to Houston to review any proposals. The national agreement being negotiated by the USW and Shell Oil, the U.S. arm of...

  • HOUSTON, March 11- The United Steelworkers union signaled that lead refinery owner representative Shell Oil Co may offer a possible settlement in the coming days that could end the largest refinery strike in 35 years. In a message issued Wednesday night, the union said it was assembling its policy committee which represents the rank and file to review...

  • NEW YORK/ TORONTO March 10- HumakerUBS AG has poached a U.S. team of some 15 oil and gas investment bankers from Bank of Montreal, significantly weakening the energy dealmaking capacity at Canada's fourth-largest bank, people familiar with the matter said. The moves come amid plummeting oil prices that have prompted banks to try to lure talented energy bankers...

  • SINGAPORE, March 5- U.S. crude was trading comfortably above $51 a barrel on Thursday, after comments by Saudi's oil minister predicting a floor for prices and as Iran nuclear talks hit a bump. President Barack Obama' s demand that it freeze sensitive nuclear activities for at least 10 years but said it would continue talks on a deal, Iran's semi-official Fars news...

  • HOUSTON, March 4- Labor leaders and oil company representatives will resume face-to-face talks on Monday in Houston in a bid to agree on a new contract that would end the biggest U.S. refinery strike in 35 years, the United Steelworkers union said on Wednesday. The protracted strike has prompted at least some workers in Texas to return to their jobs.

  • Oil and gas contractor Cal Dive files for bankruptcy Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015 | 6:28 PM ET

    March 3- Offshore oil and gas contractor Cal Dive International Inc said the company and its U.S. subsidiaries filed for voluntary bankruptcy protection. Cal Dive's foreign units have not sought bankruptcy protection and will continue to operate outside of any reorganization proceedings, the company said on Tuesday. Cal Dive has been hurt by the slump in...

  • The Houston company forecast 2015 capital investments in the range of $5.4 billion to $5.8 billion, excluding those associated with its Western Gas Partners LP unit. In addition to earmarking 60 percent of its budget for onshore shale wells, Anadarko said it plans to drill nine to 12 deepwater exploration wells offshore Colombia, Kenya and the Gulf of Mexico.

  • HOUSTON, Feb 23- Shale oil producers are throttling back so quickly on drilling that U.S. crude output could fall sooner than expected, within months, executives say as they slash costs to cope with tumbling crude prices and compete with Persian Gulf rivals. For one, companies are cutting costs deeper and faster than before as Wall Street investors increasingly...

  • BUSINESS-NEWS-SCHEDULE AT 2100 GMT / 4:00 p.m. ET Sunday, 22 Feb 2015 | 4:30 PM ET

    ATHENS- Greece's government prepares reform measures to secure a financial lifeline from the euro zone, but is attacked for selling "illusions" to voters after failing to keep a promise to extract the country from its international bailout. The story of how Greece's charismatic new minister failed during often chaotic negotiations to break German...

  • HOUSTON, Feb 20- Barely two months into his new job as the head of the world's largest offshore driller, Steven Newman was steering Transocean through the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, quickly earning a reputation as a CEO with a steady hand. A Transocean official declined to comment. According to a Transocean presentation, its fleet is about 25 percent larger than...

  • WILLISTON, N.D., Feb 19- This week's oil train derailment and resulting explosion in West Virginia are likely to heighten scrutiny of new regulations pending in North Dakota, where the oil was produced, aimed at reducing the chance of such disasters. The cargo in Monday's accident was loaded onto a BNSF Railway Co locomotive at a facility owned by Plains All...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 19- Elliot Management Corp. and Omega Advisors Inc. are among activist hedge funds buying stakes in North American oil and gas producers whose stock has fallen because of weaknesses exposed by the collapse of energy prices. This month Citigroup cut its crude price forecasts, saying West Texas Intermediate could go as low as $20 a barrel before...

  • WILLISTON, N.D., Feb 19- One of the strongest leaders of the U.S. shale revolution has been humbled by plunging oil prices. On Thursday, the number of rigs drilling in North Dakota fell below 130 for the first time in years, a level the state's top official said is necessary to prevent output from falling. ConocoPhillips and Occidental Petroleum Corp, among many others,...