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  • NEW YORK, Jan 29- U.S. crude oil fell below $44 a barrel for the first time since April 2009 on Thursday while benchmark Brent sharply pared early gains after data showing additions to already record-high U.S. oil inventories. But crude futures in New York were near a six-year low by midmorning after a report from oil services firm Genscape, which a market source...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 29- Global equity markets eased on Thursday on simmering worries over Greece's new anti-bailout government and the prospect for corporate earnings, but U.S. government debt prices fell on fresh signs of a strong American labor market. On Wall Street, Alibaba Group shares dropped 10.5 percent to $88.12 after its revenue missed expectations.

  • LONDON, Jan 29- U.S. commercial crude oil stocks last week hit their highest level since 1931- when the opening of giant oil fields in the United States coincided with the Great Depression to create an enormous glut and sent prices tumbling to just 13 cents per barrel. In October 1929, U.S. commercial crude stocks peaked at a staggering 545 million barrels, following...

  • Helmerich & Payne tops Street 1Q forecasts Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 6:21 AM ET

    TULSA, Okla. _ Helmerich& Payne Inc. on Thursday reported fiscal first-quarter earnings of $203 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.57 per share. Helmerich& Payne shares have decreased 11 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has declined roughly 3 percent.

  • BOK Financial misses Street 4Q forecasts Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 9:09 AM ET

    TULSA, Okla. _ BOK Financial Corp. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $64.3 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.07 per share. BOK Financial shares have fallen roughly 7 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • The American Petroleum Institute said late on Tuesday that U.S. crude stocks jumped by a massive 12.7 million barrels last week, triple the volume expected, and including a 2 million barrel increase at Cushing, Oklahoma, the delivery point of the U.S. oil contract. If confirmed by official data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration at 1530 GMT on...

  • SEOUL, Jan 28- U.S. crude futures fell over 1.5 percent towards $45 a barrel in early Asian trade on Wednesday after data showed U.S. crude stocks surged by nearly 13 million barrels last week, with a global supply glut accumulating in storage tanks. *U.S. crude futures had dropped 73 cents to $45.50 a barrel by 0000 GMT after finishing the previous session finishing...

  • OPEC announced last November it would keep output steady at 30 million barrels a day, despite pleas from some members for it to cut output to support prices and revenues. Stuart Glickman, an equity analyst at S&P Capital IQ, said there was no indication OPEC would cut production soon. "It's a calculated bet that the shale producers in the U.S. can't withstand the pain...

  • *Partial shutdown of Indiana refinery pressures US crude. NEW YORK, Jan 23- Brent crude rose on Friday on uncertainty over Saudi oil output following the death of King Abdullah, while U.S. crude prices fell, with traders citing a reported build at the Cushing, Oklahoma storage hub and the partial shutdown of an Indiana refinery. Still, the transition should be...

  • BancFirst beats Street 4Q forecasts Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 5:15 PM ET

    OKLAHOMA CITY _ BancFirst Corp. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $15.7 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 95 cents per share. BancFirst shares have dropped 6 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • *Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi resigns. NEW YORK, Jan 22- Crude oil prices pared early losses but still settled lower on Thursday after a government report showed the biggest build in U.S. crude inventory in at least 14 years. "The magnitude of the build in crude came as a surprise," said Andrew Lipow, president of Lipow Oil Associates.

  • *ECB to buy 60 billion euros of government bonds each month. NEW YORK, Jan 22- Crude oil futures tumbled on Thursday after the Energy Information Administration announced the largest build in U.S. crude stocks in at least 14 years. U.S. crude fell more than 3 percent after the announcement, tumbling $1.54 to trade at $46.24 by 11:57 a.m. EST.

  • LONDON, Jan 22- Brent crude oil fell towards $48 a barrel on Thursday after the European Central Bank said it would start buying government bonds, a move which could push the dollar to new highs against the euro and put downward pressure on commodities. Exceeding market expectations, ECB President Mario Draghi said the bank would buy 60 billion euros of...

  • The Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase ranked 300 major cities worldwide for economic performance last year.

  • HOUSTON, Jan 21- Leading U.S. pipeline Kinder Morgan Inc said on Wednesday it will enter North Dakota's Bakken shale with a $3 billion acquisition of Hiland Partners, a pipeline and logistics company founded by Continental Resources Chief Executive Officer Harold Hamm. "The Bakken is the one producing basin in which Kinder Morgan doesn't have a large presence,"...

  • HOUSTON, Jan 21- Leading pipeline company Kinder Morgan Inc will buy Hiland Partners, a pipeline and logistics company founded by Continental Resources Inc Chief Executive Officer Harold Hamm, for $3 billion, the company said on Wednesday. Hiland Partners builds and operates oil gathering and transportation pipelines and natural gas gathering and...

  • Kinder Morgan to buy Hiland Partners for $3 billion Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 4:31 PM ET

    HOUSTON, Jan 21- Kinder Morgan Inc will buy Hiland Partners, a pipeline and logistics company founded by Continental Resources Inc Chief Executive Officer Harold Hamm, for $3 billion, the company said on Wednesday. Hiland Partners builds and operates oil gathering and transportation pipelines and natural gas gathering and processing systems primarily in...

  • NYMEX-Crude remains below $47/bbl on demand worries Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 6:57 PM ET

    TOKYO, Jan 21- U.S. crude futures edged up on Wednesday following steep losses a day earlier but remained below $47 a barrel amid worries over ample supplies and sluggish demand after the International Monetary Fund cut its 2015 global economic forecast. *NYMEX crude for new front-month March delivery was up 23 cents at $46.70 a barrel by 2345 GMT.

  • Southwest Bancorp beats Street 4Q forecasts Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 5:24 PM ET

    STILLWATER, Okla. _ Southwest Bancorp Inc. on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $5.9 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 21 cents per share. Southwest Bancorp shares have decreased nearly 8 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • WASHINGTON— Republicans running Congress have promised to use every weapon in their arsenal to take down President Barack Obama's health care law. It's the only filibuster-proof option available to Republicans, who control the Senate with 54 seats but must still muster 60 votes to pass other legislation. Ted Cruz, R- Texas, told a Heritage Foundation gathering...