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  • Nov 2- Chesapeake Energy Corp's target to pare debt to $9.5 billion or less by the end of the year may be pushed into 2013, along with some deal closings, the company's chief financial officer told analysts on Friday.

  • Nov 1- Chesapeake Energy Corp reported a net loss on Thursday compared with a year-ago profit, as low natural gas prices caused the U.S. oil and gas company to write down the value of some assets.

  • Chesapeake arranging $2 billion loan Thursday, 1 Nov 2012 | 3:44 PM ET

    OKLAHOMA CITY-- Chesapeake Energy Corp. said Thursday that it arranged a new $2 billion loan to help repay some existing loan and credit facilities. Chesapeake said last month that it will sell off vast portions of its land and infrastructure in Texas in a series of deals worth roughly $7 billion.

  • HOUSTON, Oct 31- Phillips 66' s increased access to cheaper crude oil from the United States and Canada boosted its quarterly profits above analyst expectations after the U.S. refining company spun off from ConocoPhillips earlier this year, the company reported on Wednesday.

  • Williams sells assets to partnership for $2.4B Wednesday, 31 Oct 2012 | 7:40 PM ET

    TULSA, Okla.-- Williams Cos. Inc. said Wednesday it has agreed to sell an 83 percent stake in an olefins production facility and other assets to its business segment, Williams Partners LP, for $2.36 billion. Williams Partners also will acquire Williams' refinery- grade propylene splitter and pipelines in the Gulf region.

  • UPDATE 3-Phillips 66 quarterly profit up on good margins Wednesday, 31 Oct 2012 | 6:35 PM ET

    HOUSTON, Oct 31- Increased access to cheaper crude oil from the United States and Canada boosted Phillips 66' s quarterly profits above analyst expectations after the U.S. refining company spun off from ConocoPhillips earlier this year, the company reported on Wednesday.

  • Most Expensive NBA Tickets Wednesday, 31 Oct 2012 | 4:37 PM ET

    Fans want to see certain NBA matchups very badly, and in some of these cases this has driven up prices for those games by 400 percent or more. Read ahead to see the 10 most expensive NBA tickets of the 2012-2013 season.

  • An uneasy economy, and those living through it Sunday, 28 Oct 2012 | 7:55 AM ET

    CHARLOTTE, N.C.-- Here was Chas Kaufmann's life before the Great Recession: $28,000 in restaurant tabs in a year, cruises, house parties with fireworks. Now: "We mainly shop at Sam's Club and portion out our meals. We spend $4 to $5 a night on eating. "

  • FACTBOX-The wealthy behind U.S. presidential race Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 9:48 PM ET

    Oct 26- Individual donors to U.S. presidential candidates can contribute up to $2,500 for the state-by-state party nominating contests and another $2,500 for the general election.

  • Halftime report: Is fear of a weak 3Q overblown? Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 4:59 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- It's halftime for the season of corporate earnings reports, and investors are in desperate need of a locker-room pep talk.

  • US suing Okla. restaurant chain over unpaid wages Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 4:04 PM ET

    TULSA, Okla.-- The Department of Labor announced Thursday it is suing a Tulsa, Okla.- area restaurant chain over nearly $1 million in unpaid wages it alleges the business owes to more than 220 employees.

  • Okla. ed board approves $289M budget request hike Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 4:02 PM ET

    OKLAHOMA CITY-- The Oklahoma State Board of Education has approved a $2.3 billion budget request from Oklahoma lawmakers that includes additional funding for teacher pay raises. The request represents a $289 million increase over the funding levels for the current fiscal year.

  • US suing Tulsa restaurant chain over unpaid wages Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 3:57 PM ET

    TULSA, Okla.-- The Department of Labor announced Thursday it is suing a Tulsa- area restaurant chain over nearly $1 million in unpaid wages it alleges the business owes to more than 220 employees.

  • US: Judge must deny Hobby Lobby morning-after case Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 5:52 PM ET

    But government attorneys claim Hobby Lobby cannot claim to exercise religion to avoid laws designed to regulate commercial activity. "Hobby Lobby is a for-profit, secular employer, and a secular entity by definition does not exercise religion," the government said.

  • Oklahoma tribe on track to buy La., Miss. casinos Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 4:39 PM ET

    JACKSON, Miss.-- An Oklahoma Indian tribe is moving forward with buying the DiamondJacks casinos in Bossier City, La., and Vicksburg, Miss.. Wilmington Trust, a Delaware institution, leads a syndicate holding $181 million in secured debt with the first claim on Legends assets.

  • US crude stocks rise sharply, oil products mixed-EIA Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 2:43 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 24- U.S. crude oil stocks rose sharply last week as imports increased and refinery utilization fell, government data showed on Wednesday. Domestic stocks of crude rose by 5.9 million barrels in the week to Oct. 19, the Energy Information Administration reported.

  • Stocks sink as DuPont, Xerox, 3M scare investors Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 4:41 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Nobody was expecting this round of corporate financial reports to be great. But underwhelming results _ particularly revenue, which offers a read on the economy _ are still rattling investors.

  • Okla. lawmakers eye performance pay for workers Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 4:07 PM ET

    The chairman of the powerful House Appropriations and Budget Committee and the secretary of finance both said that while they oppose the idea of set pay increases for all state workers, they are willing to support a performance-pay system.

  • Unemployment inches up to 5.1 percent in Oklahoma Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 4:58 PM ET

    OKLAHOMA CITY-- The unemployment rate in Oklahoma has risen slightly for the third consecutive month _ although the number of Oklahomans with a job also increased. The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission said Friday that unemployment for September was 5.2 percent _ up from 5.1 percent in August and 4.9 percent in July.

  • Okla. wheat farmers plant amid cautious optimism Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 4:02 PM ET

    OKLAHOMA CITY-- Despite ongoing drought conditions _ Oklahoma wheat farmers are busy planting their winter crop with what one agreed is cautious optimism. Oklahoma Wheat Commission Executive Director Mike Schulte said Friday that 75 percent of the 2012 crop is estimated to have been planted.

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