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  • 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,...

  • Noble beats 4Q profit forecasts Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 | 8:21 AM ET

    HOUSTON _ Noble Energy Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter profit of $402 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 35 cents per share. Analysts expected $1.26 billion, according to Zacks.

  • COLLEYVILLE, Texas— A man was arrested in Florida for the Texas death of a 72- year-old housekeeper with a $1 million life insurance policy as part of a multistate investigation into a network of insurance scammers, Colleyville police said Thursday. Bernard Gorman, 26, faces a murder warrant in the scam to collect the benefits, accused of planning and assisting...

  • Quanta Services tops Street 4Q forecasts Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 | 6:33 AM ET

    HOUSTON _ Quanta Services Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter profit of $66.6 million. Analysts expected $1.98 billion, according to Zacks. For the current quarter ending in March, Quanta Services expects its per-share earnings to range from 37 cents to 43 cents.

  • Key Energy reports 4Q loss Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 | 5:03 AM ET

    HOUSTON _ Key Energy Services Inc. on Thursday reported a loss of $52.3 million in its fourth quarter. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 11 cents per share. Analysts expected $344 million, according to Zacks.

  • Parker Drilling posts 4Q profit Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 | 5:03 AM ET

    HOUSTON _ Parker Drilling Co. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $7.8 million. On a per-share basis, the Houston- based company said it had profit of 6 cents. Keywords: Parker Drilling, Earnings Report.

  • Oil States International posts 4Q profit Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 | 5:03 AM ET

    HOUSTON _ Oil States International Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $58.5 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.01 per share. Oil States International shares have dropped 14 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • WILLISTON, N.D., Feb 19- One of the strongest leaders of the U.S. shale revolution has been humbled by plunging oil prices. EOG Resources Inc slashed its 2015 budget on Wednesday amid cheap crude and said its output will not grow this year, mere months after confidently saying it was strong enough to weather the downturn without cutbacks. ConocoPhillips and...

  • HOUSTON, Feb 18- The largest U.S refinery workers strike since 1980 entered its 18th day on Wednesday as union and oil company representatives renewed face-to-face negotiations over safety and pay, after a week's hiatus. The USW has issued no new strike notices since Feb. 6, when workers at plants in Whiting, Indiana, and Toledo, Ohio, were told to walk off their jobs...

  • EOG Resources misses 4Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 5:39 PM ET

    HOUSTON _ EOG Resources Inc. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $444.6 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 99 cents per share. EOG Resources shares have climbed 3.5 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has risen 2 percent.

  • Marathon Oil misses 4Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 5:24 PM ET

    HOUSTON _ Marathon Oil Corp. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $926 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 3 cents per share. Marathon Oil shares have increased roughly 3 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has increased 2 percent.

  • U.S. refinery strike enters 18th day as talks restart Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 12:15 PM ET

    HOUSTON, Feb 18- The largest U.S refinery workers strike since 1980 entered its 18th day on Tuesday as union and oil company representatives prepared to renew face-to-face negotiations over pay and safety on Wednesday, after a week's hiatus. No new strike notices have been issued by the USW since Feb. 6 when workers at plants in Whiting, Indiana, and Toledo, Ohio,...

  • Midcoast Energy misses 4Q profit forecasts Tuesday, 17 Feb 2015 | 6:36 PM ET

    HOUSTON _ Midcoast Energy Partners LP on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $62 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 4 cents per share. Midcoast Energy shares have climbed slightly more than 8 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 17- A fight between an upstart Spanish language TV network and Comcast Corp has provided more ammunition for critics who fear Comcast would gain too much market power if its buyout of Time Warner Cable Inc goes ahead, antitrust attorneys said. Formed by the son of a Mexican immigrant in 2009, Estrella TV currently is distributed by Comcast in 16...

  • Did NSA plant spyware in computers around world? Tuesday, 17 Feb 2015 | 5:47 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Did the National Security Agency plant spyware deep in the hard drives of thousands of computers used by foreign governments, banks and other surveillance targets around the world? A new report from Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab said its researchers identified a new family of malicious programs or worms that infected computers in...

  • WASHINGTON— The Obama administration put its new deportation-relief program on hold Tuesday on the eve of its launch, complying reluctantly with a federal judge's order that roiled immigrant communities nationwide and seemed to harden an already-tense stalemate on Capitol Hill. On Capitol Hill, Johnson's agency stood 10 days away from losing funding, but...

  • MEXICO CITY— Slammed by a 70 percent increase in illegal pipeline taps in one year, Mexico's state oil company announced Tuesday that it will no longer ship finished, usable gasoline or diesel through its network of ducts. Analysts said it was a striking admission of Mexico's inability to stop the fuel thefts, in which thieves drill into pipelines operated by...

  • Waste Management posts 4Q profit, helped by asset sale Tuesday, 17 Feb 2015 | 7:39 AM ET

    HOUSTON— Waste Management Inc. swung to a fourth-quarter profit, benefiting from the sale of its waste-to-energy business. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 61 cents per share. The Houston- based company posted revenue of $3.44 billion in the period, which was below Wall Street forecasts.

  • Weingarten Realty reports 4Q results Tuesday, 17 Feb 2015 | 6:18 AM ET

    HOUSTON _ Weingarten Realty Investors on Tuesday reported a key measure of profitability in its fourth quarter. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of 50 cents per share. Analysts expected $127.1 million, according to Zacks.

  • Helix Energy misses 4Q profit forecasts Tuesday, 17 Feb 2015 | 5:12 AM ET

    HOUSTON _ Helix Energy Solutions Group Inc. on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $8 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 24 cents per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.