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  • 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...

  • Inspectors had no reason to check for listeria during the routine March 18 review as no problems were detected and the facility didn't have a history of issues linked to the illness, said Stan Stromberg, director of the food safety division for the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry.. Tainted Blue Bell ice cream products have sickened eight...

  • Brent May crude fell $3.55, or 6 percent, to settle at $55.55 a barrel. May crude fell $3.56, or 6.6 percent, to settle at $50.42 after closing at nearly $54 a barrel on Tuesday, the highest close since Dec. 30. The U.S. data were "very bearish," said John Kilduff, partner at Again Capital LLC in New York.

  • Tornado alert: 30 million brace for fierce storm Wednesday, 8 Apr 2015 | 2:54 PM ET
    A Tornado is seen in Keystone Lake, Oklahoma, on March 25, 2015.

    Around 30 million Americans were under threat from a storm promising hail, high winds and a chance of tornadoes, NBC News reports.

  • NEW YORK, April 8- Oil futures fell sharply on Wednesday after government data showed the largest weekly increase in U.S. crude inventories since 2001 and a day after Saudi Arabia reported record production in March. "The report is very bearish with the large crude oil inventory build and the somewhat surprising rise in gasoline inventories," said John Kilduff,...

  • May crude was down $2.40, or 4.5 percent, at $51.58 a barrel at 11:20 a.m. EDT, having fallen as low as $51.38. Brent May crude was down $2.01, or about 3.5 percent, at $57.09, having slumped as low as $56.90. "They are the most bearish numbers I've seen in quite some time, very surprising, even to a bear like me," said Tariq Zahir, managing member at Tyche Capital Advisors in...

  • Volatile oil, a dovish Fed, and start of earnings Wednesday, 8 Apr 2015 | 5:57 AM ET
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Markets expect to hear from a dovish Fed Wednesday, while a bubbling up of oil prices makes weekly U.S. inventory data a bigger than normal focus.

  • BRENHAM, Texas— Blue Bell Creameries says it's expanding its recall of products made at an Oklahoma plant after pints of banana pudding ice cream tested positive for listeriosis. The Texas- based dairy company announced in a statement Tuesday that no illnesses linked to those pints have been confirmed. The recall now includes the banana pudding ice cream pints...

  • Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Markets expect to hear from a dovish Fed Wednesday, while a bubbling up of oil prices makes weekly U.S. inventory data a bigger than normal focus.

  • OKLAHOMA CITY— Oklahoma's three-member Workers' Compensation Commission would be able to conduct more of its business behind closed doors under a bill unanimously approved on Tuesday by a Senate committee. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the bill by Sen. Anthony Skyes, R- Moore, and sent it to the full Senate.

  • U.S. job openings surged to a 14- year high in February the Labor Department said in its monthly Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, lifting oil prices. "That JOLTS report was certainly quite strong and strong employment equals strong gasoline demand," said John Kilduff, partner at Again Capital LLC in New York. May crude was up $1.65 at $53.79 a barrel at...

  • "That JOLTS report was certainly quite strong and strong employment equals strong gasoline demand," said John Kilduff, partner at Again Capital LLC in New York. May crude was up $1.11 at $53.25 a barrel at 12:10 p.m. EDT, having traded from $51.17 to $53.46. Brent May crude was up 48 cents at $58.60, having swung from $57.02 to $59.09.

  • LONDON, April 7- Brent crude oil fell towards $57 a barrel on Tuesday on signs of growing oversupply as Iranian officials visited Beijing to push for more oil sales after Tehran agreed a framework nuclear deal that could lead to the lifting of sanctions. China is Iran's largest trade partner and has bought roughly half of Iran's crude exports since 2012, when...

  • NEW YORK, April 6- Oil prices jumped more than 5 percent on Monday as traders reassessed how quickly Iran might increase exports after a preliminary nuclear deal and anticipated that a months-long rise in U.S. crude inventories may be slowing. Brent crude's rally followed Thursday's nearly 4 percent tumble after Iran and six world powers announced a framework...

  • Blue Bell spokesman Gene Grabowski confirmed Sam's Club has joined H-E-B in halting sales. The dairy company based in Brenham, Texas, last month issued a recall after ice cream contaminated with listeriosis was linked to three deaths at a Kansas hospital. Kroger spokeswoman Kristal Howard says the grocer has pulled items produced at the Oklahoma plant but...