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  • Oil prices drop as Middle East tension ease Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 10:10 PM ET

    *Saudi Arabia ends military campaign in Yemen. SINGAPORE, April 22- Oil prices extended declines on Wednesday as Middle East tension eased after Saudi Arabia ended a military campaign in Yemen, while industry data showed that a larger-than-expected build in U.S. oil inventories. Saudi Arabia announced on Tuesday it was ending a month-long campaign of air...

  • Southwest Bancorp beats 1Q profit forecasts Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 5:09 PM ET

    STILLWATER, Okla. _ Southwest Bancorp Inc. on Tuesday reported first-quarter profit of $4.5 million. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 19 cents per share. Southwest Bancorp shares have climbed slightly more than 1 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • HOUSTON— A massive recall has brought more attention and put more pressure on a century-old Texas ice cream company that has been searching to discover how its products became linked to a deadly string of listeria cases. Texas- based Blue Bell Creameries said Tuesday, a day after recalling all its products, that it is getting closer to pinpointing the cause of the...

  • OKLAHOMA CITY— The Oklahoma Geological Survey said Tuesday it is "very likely" that most of the state's recent earthquakes were triggered by the subsurface injection of wastewater from oil and natural gas drilling operations. A statement released by state geologist Richard D. Andrews and Dr. Austen Holland, state seismologist, said the rate of earthquakes and...

  • WASHINGTON— With real-time monitors, scientists have linked a swarm of small earthquakes west of Fort Worth, Texas, to nearby natural gas wells and wastewater injection. In 84 days from November 2013 to January 2014, the area around Azle, Texas, shook with 27 magnitude 2 or greater earthquakes, while scientists at Southern Methodist University and the U.S....

  • Blue Bell Creameries issues recall of all products Monday, 20 Apr 2015 | 10:22 PM ET

    BRENHAM, Texas— Texas- based Blue Bell Creameries issued a voluntary recall Monday night for all of its products on the market after two samples of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream tested positive for listeria, a potentially deadly bacteria. Five others in Kansas and Texas were sickened with listeriosis, which can cause fever, muscle aches,...

  • NYMEX-Crude steady; U.S. inventories seen up again Monday, 20 Apr 2015 | 8:17 PM ET

    TOKYO, April 21- U.S. crude futures held steady on Monday as a drop in stockpiles at a key U.S. delivery point offset near record high production in Saudi Arabia and an expected build in U.S. oil inventories. *NYMEX crude for May delivery, which expires later in the day, was down 4 cents at $56.34 a barrel by 0000 GMT, after settling up 64 cents at $56.38 on Monday.

  • NEW YORK, April 20- Oil prices ended in positive territory on Monday after a drop in stockpiles at the delivery point for U.S. crude in the second half of last week outweighed pressure from near record high production in Saudi Arabia. Tensions after the dispatch of U.S. Navy ships to waters near Yemen and an alert issued by Saudi Arabia for a possible militant attack...

  • Euro slips against dollar on Greece default worries. NEW YORK, April 20- Equity markets snapped back on Monday after China took steps to stimulate its economy, while the euro weakened amid worries about Greece and oil rose on Middle East tension. The dollar rose as the euro slid against the greenback amid gathering concerns Greece could default on its debt or...

  • NEW YORK, April 20- Oil prices rose on Monday after a drop in stockpiles at the delivery point for U.S. crude in the second half of last week outweighed pressure from near record high production in Saudi Arabia. Brent, the more widely-referenced benchmark, was up 40 cents at $63.85 a barrel by 1:12 p.m. EDT, after falling more than $1 earlier. "The market was bouncing...

  • Tensions in the Middle East and a drop last week in the number of rigs drilling for oil in the United States also put a floor beneath U.K. North Sea Brent and U.S. crude futures, traders said. Brent, the more widely-referenced benchmark, was up 10 cents at $63.55 a barrel by 11:53 a.m. EDT, after falling more than $1 earlier. "The market was bouncing around looking for...

  • NEW YORK— A group made up of Wal-Mart workers is asking labor regulators to go to court to force the discounter to rehire all 2,200 employees affected by the abrupt temporary closing of five stores a week ago. Wal-Mart says it closed the stores to fix plumbing issues. "This is a new low, even for Wal-Mart," Venanzi Luna, an eight-year Wal-Mart worker and member of OUR...

  • Orchids Paper posts 1Q profit Monday, 20 Apr 2015 | 7:03 AM ET

    PRYOR, Okla. _ Orchids Paper Products Co. on Monday reported first-quarter profit of $1.2 million. On a per-share basis, the Pryor, Oklahoma- based company said it had profit of 14 cents. Keywords: Orchids Paper Products, Earnings Report.

  • AUSTIN, Texas— Blue Bell Creameries will survive the crisis caused by a recent recall of products prompted by a finding of bacterial contamination in some of its products, but it will take a lot of work and a lot of money, experts said. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported earlier this month that three people in Texas had the same strain of...

  • BancFirst beats Street 1Q forecasts Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 4:31 PM ET

    OKLAHOMA CITY _ BancFirst Corp. on Thursday reported first-quarter net income of $16.3 million. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 95 cents per share. BancFirst shares have declined 4 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • SINGAPORE, April 15- U.S. crude futures climbed towards $54 a barrel in early Asian trade on Wednesday, buoyed by a smaller than expected build in U.S. crude inventories, Middle East tensions and a weaker dollar. *U.S. crude for May delivery rose 15 cents to $53.44 as of 0003 GMT after settling $1.38 higher in the previous session to surge above its 100- day moving...

  • LONDON, April 13- Professional commodity traders watch spreads rather than spot prices as the best indicator of the balance between supply and demand. The contango was particularly pronounced in futures contracts linked to WTI because the rise in stocks has been concentrated in the United States, especially around the contract's delivery point at Cushing,...

  • Tainted Blue Bell ice cream products are linked to eight listeria illnesses in Kansas and Texas; three of those who contracted the illness have died. Blue Bell has temporarily closed its facility in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and shut down a production line at its facility in Brenham, Texas, where the company is headquartered. Sabra Dipping Co. announced a recall...

  • TULSA, Okla.— The University of Oklahoma's new chief of diversity programs says he knows why he's the right fit for the job after a racist video roiled the school last month: He experienced discrimination when he was a student at the Norman campus in the 1990 s. OU President David Boren tapped the Tulsa Democrat for the newly created vice president in charge of...

  • Storm brings tornadoes, giant-sized hail to US Thursday, 9 Apr 2015 | 7:51 AM ET
    A Tornado is seen in Keystone Lake, Oklahoma, on March 25, 2015.

    A storm peppered a 1,500-mile arc with 10 reported tornadoes, hail and winds of up to 80 mph Wednesday, NBC News reported.