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  • The Senate Energy Committee approved a bill Thursday by Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman, R- Sapulpa, to require planning for when wind farms are decommissioned and set minimum distances from places like schools or airports. Some of those concerns were aired during a House committee meeting this week that touched on plans for the construction of a major...

  • OGE Energy beats 4Q profit forecasts Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 9:51 AM ET

    OKLAHOMA CITY _ OGE Energy Corp. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter profit of $58.4 million. OGE Energy expects full-year earnings to be $1.41 to $1.49 per share. OGE Energy shares have decreased 6 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Laredo Petroleum tops Street 4Q forecasts Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 7:36 AM ET

    TULSA, Okla. _ Laredo Petroleum Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $201.3 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 14 cents per share. Laredo Petroleum shares have climbed 26 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Feb 26- Western Refining Inc reported a better-than-expected adjusted quarterly profit on Thursday as lower crude oil prices helped improve refining margins. Growing output from the Permian Basin in Texas and New Mexico, where Western's refineries are located, has combined with inadequate pipeline infrastructure to create a glut and suppress crude...

  • WPX tops Street 4Q forecasts Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 7:42 PM ET

    TULSA, Okla. _ WPX Energy Inc. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $219 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 11 cents per share. Analysts expected $676.3 million, according to Zacks.

  • Gulfport Energy tops Street 4Q forecasts Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 4:18 PM ET

    OKLAHOMA CITY _ Gulfport Energy Corp. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $110.1 million. Analysts expected $170.8 million, according to Zacks. Gulfport Energy shares have climbed roughly 6 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • *Saudi Arabia's oil minister said sees demand improvement. NEW YORK, Feb 25- Brent crude oil futures surged 5 percent on Wednesday, after Saudi Arabia's oil minister said oil demand was growing and data showed Chinese factories were producing more than expected. Brent April crude rose $2.97 to settle at at $61.63 a barrel.

  • *Saudi Arabia's oil minister said sees demand improvement. NEW YORK, Feb 25- Crude oil futures rose on Wednesday after Saudi Arabia's oil minister said oil demand was growing and data showed Chinese factories were producing more than expected. Brent April crude was up $1.34 at $60.00 a barrel at noon EST.

  • Feb 25- Chesapeake Energy Corp on Wednesday said it would slash its 2015 spending and rig count in response to low crude oil prices that also pushed its fourth-quarter profit below Wall Street expectations. Chesapeake forecast total capital expenditures of $4 billion to $4.5 billion this year, down from $6.7 billion in 2014.. Analysts at CapitalOne...

  • Chesapeake misses 4Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 7:24 AM ET

    OKLAHOMA CITY— Shares of Chesapeake Energy slid in premarket trading Wednesday after the natural gas company announced fourth-quarter results that missed analyst expectations and said it planned to spend less in the new year. Chesapeake Energy earned $586 million, or 81 cents per share, in the fourth quarter. Shares of Chesapeake Energy Corp. fell almost 5...

  • Justices appear to favor Muslim denied job over headscarf Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 1:57 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Have you heard the one about the Sikh, the Hasidic Jew, the Muslim and the nun who walked into a job interview? Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito channeled his inner stand-up comic Wednesday in indicating that he and most of the court would side with a Muslim woman who showed up for a job interview with Abercrombie& Fitch wearing a black headscarf.

  • Continental Resources tops Street 4Q forecasts Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 4:39 PM ET

    OKLAHOMA CITY _ Continental Resources Inc. on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter profit of $114 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 55 cents per share. Continental Resources shares have risen 19 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Prices faltered after being lifted by news the Sarir and the nearby oilfields in Libya were shut by a power cut, dealing another blow to exports from the embattled OPEC member nation. "The supply dynamic will be reinforced by the inventory reports and the data are simply too compelling to ignore, and it has consistently undermined the recent rallies," said John...

  • UPDATE 8-Oil lifted after Libya's largest field shuts Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 12:42 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Feb 24- Crude oil futures rose on Tuesday on news that production had stopped at Libya's largest oilfield. The Sarir and the nearby Messla oilfields in Libya were shut because of a power cut, dealing another blow to exports from the embattled OPEC member nation. Brent April crude was up 52 cents at $59.42 a barrel at 12:24 p.m. EST.

  • Unit reports 4Q loss Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 11:58 AM ET

    TULSA, Okla. _ Unit Corp. on Tuesday reported a fourth-quarter loss of $42.6 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. The Tulsa, Oklahoma- based company said it had a loss of 88 cents per share. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 89 cents per share.

  • Oneok tops 4Q profit forecasts Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 4:39 PM ET

    TULSA, Okla. _ Oneok Inc. on Monday reported fourth-quarter net income of $94.5 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 37 cents per share. Analysts expected $3.41 billion, according to Zacks.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 23- Crude oil futures were lower on Monday as investors worried about oversupply and a strong dollar, but heating oil jumped about 6 percent for a second straight day due operational problems at major U.S. refineries. "It's a worry of high supplies with crude and tight supplies with heating oil," said Gene McGillian, senior analyst at Tradition Energy in...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 23- Oil prices were down on Monday on worries of oversupply and a strong dollar, but bets the market had hit bottom after a seven-month selloff limited the downside, traders said. The largest U.S. refinery strike in 35 years, involving workers at 12 refineries that account for one-fifth of the national production capacity, has also been a negative for...

  • CHICAGO, Feb 20- Slumping demand for meat on the U.S. Friday's USDA report showed January pork inventories totaled 596.5 million pounds, up 18 percent from December, partly due to increased production. Ron Plain, a University of Missouri livestock economist, attributed the bulge in cold storage to the inability to move meat off the West Coast.

  • Challenges for doctors using fitness trackers & apps Friday, 20 Feb 2015 | 10:32 AM ET

    NEW YORK— More hospitals and doctors are starting to use data from fitness trackers and health apps to help treat patients. But they are moving cautiously. That's the chief reason Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey is starting with only six patients and three doctors and is monitoring mainly lifestyle data, such as nutrition.