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  • Nov 1- Marathon Petroleum Corp reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit on Thursday, though results were helped by the sale of assets in Minnesota, but suffered in the company's core refining unit.

  • WRAPUP 1-Oil companies struggle to increase output Thursday, 1 Nov 2012 | 2:14 PM ET

    LONDON/ HOUSTON, Nov 1- The world's top oil and gas companies are struggling to improve output and failing to capture the full value of a resilient price for crude oil while weak gas prices in the United States take their toll.

  • UPDATE 2-Exxon quarterly profit falls, output tumbles Thursday, 1 Nov 2012 | 1:12 PM ET

    Nov 1- Exxon Mobil Corp, the world's largest publicly traded oil company, on Thursday reported a lower quarterly profit that topped expectations, as higher margins from its refining arm countered a 7.5 decline in oil and gas output.

  • Marathon Petroleum profit jumps after asset sale Thursday, 1 Nov 2012 | 11:45 AM ET

    Nov 1- Marathon Petroleum Corp, which recently agreed to pay $2.5 billion for BP Plc's Texas City refining complex, reported on Thursday an 8 percent jump in quarterly profit, due in part to the sale of assets in Minnesota earlier this year.

  • Tandy reports strong sales in October Thursday, 1 Nov 2012 | 10:51 AM ET

    FORT WORTH, Texas-- Tandy Leather Factory Inc. reported Thursday that revenue from its traditional retail stores increased 18 percent in October as it grew in popularity with consumers. The company, based in Fort Worth, Texas, operates 77 Tandy Leather stores in North America that sell leather, leatherworking tools, buckles, saddle hardware and other items.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • PREVIEW-At Chesapeake Energy it's time to show, not tell Wednesday, 31 Oct 2012 | 4:45 PM ET

    *Earnings report due Nov. 1. HOUSTON, Oct 31- Chesapeake Energy Corp is under the gun to show evidence that it is changing its free-spending ways when it reports third-quarter earnings November 1. The company's largest investors, Carl Icahn and Mason Hawkins, were so unhappy with the company's bloated balance sheet that they seized control of the board in June.

  • UPDATE 2-Phillips 66 quarterly profit up on good margins Wednesday, 31 Oct 2012 | 1:39 PM ET

    The company's margins were also higher than expected in Europe and the Atlantic Basin, which helped drive the earnings beat, Roger Read, analyst for Wells Fargo said in a note to clients. The Houston company had a third-quarter profit of $1.6 billion or $2.51 per share, compared with $1 billion or $1.65 per share a year earlier.

  • UPDATE 3-Brent rises over $109; recovery eyed after Sandy Wednesday, 31 Oct 2012 | 10:59 AM ET

    *Power outages, flooding hit U.S. East Coast after Sandy. LONDON, Oct 31- Brent crude rose to above $109.50 a barrel on Wednesday, supported by a weaker dollar, as the U.S. East Coast began to pick itself up after storm Sandy, but gains were capped by demand worries in the world's largest oil consumer.

  • *Power outages, flooding hit U.S. East Coast after Sandy. SINGAPORE, Oct 31- Brent crude held steady near $109 a barrel on Wednesday after the huge storm Sandy whiplashed the U.S. East Coast, reducing fuel demand even as refineries in the region gradually resumed operations.

  • UPDATE 1-Brent hovers near $109; recovery eyed post Sandy Wednesday, 31 Oct 2012 | 5:08 AM ET

    *Power outages, flooding hit U.S. East Coast after Sandy. SINGAPORE, Oct 31- Brent crude held steady near $109 a barrel on Wednesday after the huge storm Sandy whiplashed the U.S. East Coast, reducing fuel demand even as refineries in the region gradually resumed operation.

  • *NYSE, Nasdaq OMX testing trading systems on Tuesday. NYSE Euronext said the New York Stock Exchange would open as usual, although it was prepared to switch to fully electronic trading if necessary. ``We have a green light,'' the chief operating officer of NYSE Euronext, Larry Leibowitz, said in an interview.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 30- As residents and businesses clean up from one of the worst storms to hit the U.S. East Coast in memory, investors are preparing for the stock market reaction by betting on or against insurers, casino companies and home improvement stores.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 30- U.S. gasoline and heating oil futures slid on Tuesday, pulling back from pre-Hurricane Sandy gains as several key East Coast refineries and pipelines restored operations and traders bet on an enormous hit to demand for fuel.

  • *Philadelphia's 330,000- bpd refinery restarting. *Hess 70,000- bpd NJ refinery, Imperial plant suffer outages.

  • HOUSTON, Oct 30- New York's electric grid operator said more than 90 transmission lines remained out of service on Tuesday afternoon, a day after Hurricane Sandy slammed into the East Coast with 80 mph winds and record storm surge.

  • *NYSE, Nasdaq OMX testing trading systems on Tuesday. *NYSE could switch to electronic trading if necessary. NYSE Euronext said the New York Stock Exchange would open, although it would switch to fully electronic trading if necessary.

  • UPDATE 4-US stock markets to reopen Wednesday Tuesday, 30 Oct 2012 | 6:32 PM ET

    *NYSE, Nasdaq OMX testing trading systems on Tuesday. NYSE Euronext said the New York Stock Exchange would open, although it would switch to fully electronic trading if necessary. Lower Manhattan, where Wall Street and the NYSE are located, lost power on Monday after being buffeted by Sandy, the worst storm to hit New York since at least 1938..

  • *NYSE, Nasdaq OMX testing trading systems on Tuesday. Oct 30- U.S. stock exchanges are looking at opening on Wednesday after monster storm Sandy receded from New York, sources said, and the New York Stock Exchange is testing a new plan to help resume trading. Plans to resume trading will be complicated by the lingering effect of the storm on New York.