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  • Feb 3- National Oilwell Varco Inc, the largest U.S. oilfield equipment provider, reported an 8 percent rise in quarterly revenue, helped by a strong backlog of orders for its rigs and drilling components. Net income attributable to the company fell to $595 million, or $1.39 per share, in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, from $658 million, or $1.53 per share, a year...

  • SINGAPORE, Feb 3- U.S. crude futures held above $50 a barrel on Tuesday morning following sharp gains in the previous two sessions, with some investors betting that the bottom of a six-month rout has been reached. *U.S. crude futures gained 46 cents to $50.03 a barrel as of 0017 GMT. *Brent crude settled up $1.76, or 3.3 percent, at $54.75 a barrel, swinging between a...

  • Traders said oil services company Genscape estimated a stock build of 2.3 million barrels in the Cushing, Oklahoma, delivery point for U.S. crude last week, adding to already record-high inventories in the United States. "I don't think anything's changed fundamentally, except for the psychology of the market," said Chandravir Ahuja, an analyst at Kolmar Americas...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 2- Oil prices rose in volatile trading on Monday, with some investors betting a powerful rally from Friday had put a bottom to the seven-month long rout on the market even as others remained pessimistic. "People are very, very skittish," said analyst Chandravir Ahuja of Kolmar Americas Inc in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Benchmark Brent crude was up $1.45 at...

  • The U.S. Energy Information Administration plans on Wednesday to report official stock numbers for Cushing and other oil market data for the week ended on Friday. "We saw some strength in the market this morning, but that's being sold into," said Tariq Zahir, managing member of Tyche Capital Advisors in Laurel Hollow, New York. Benchmark Brent crude was up 70 cents at...

  • LONDON, Feb 2- Oil prices surged 8 percent on Friday as the market digested news another 94 rigs previously drilling for oil in the United States had been idled over the previous week. Continental Resources, one of the largest drillers in North Dakota's Bakken shale, promised late last year it would cut the number of rigs it employs by 30 percent by the end of the...

  • CEFC China Energy preps for more open crude market Monday, 2 Feb 2015 | 3:41 AM ET

    CEFC seems to be shifting to that role from an earlier image as a commodity trade financing player, "said a senior Beijing trader, referring to CEFC's practice of using mixed aromatics to raise bank loans to profit from the currency arbitrage. Besides hiring trading executives from state oil companies, CEFC is due to start up an 18- million-barrel tank farm on...

  • *Q1 earnings $1.70/ shr vs est $1.52/ shr. *Q1 revenue $1.06 bln vs est $977.3 mln. Jan 29- Driller Helmerich& Payne Inc said it may cut 2,000 jobs as it begins to idle rigs amid a slide in crude oil prices, following similar cost cuts by top oilfield services providers Schlumberger NV and Baker Hughes Inc.

  • 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...

  • Jan 29- Oil and gas driller Helmerich& Payne Inc said it expects revenue for U.S. land rigs to decrease in the current quarter amid a slump in crude oil prices. Helmerich& Payne said it expected the average rig revenue per day in the U.S. land drilling segment to decrease to between $27,000 and $27,500 in the second quarter, after rising 3.5 percent to $29,457 in the...

  • OSLO, Jan 29- Norway's offshore energy sector may be repeating the mistakes of the last big oil slump, removing too much capacity too soon and leaving the industry unprepared for any eventual rebound, senior sector insiders said. As oil prices dropped to $10 per barrel in 1998 and 1999, Norway's oil firms removed capacity and rebuilding took so long and was so...

  • Jan 29- Oil and gas driller Helmerich& Payne Inc reported higher quarterly profit due to compensation from early termination of contracts, and warned results for the rest of 2015 would be hurt by a steep fall in oil prices. Net income rose 17 percent to $203 million, or $1.85 per share, in the first quarter ended Dec. 31. Operating revenue rose 18.8 percent to $1.06...

  • 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...

  • MILAN, Jan 27- Embattled Italian oil services group Saipem is in pole position to win a contract worth up to $2 billion to replace pipes at the Kashagan oilfield in Kazakhstan, two sources with knowledge of the matter said on Tuesday. Saipem has had 10 billion euros wiped from its value over the past two years, hit by two profit warnings, a corruption investigation in...

  • In North Dakota, the number of rigs drilling for oil has fallen by almost a quarter in less than four months, according to oil field services company Baker Hughes. Baker Hughes puts the number of active drilling rigs in the state at just 147 last week, down from 189 at the beginning of October, and the lowest number since December 2010. Baker Hughes counts rigs as...

  • TRIPOLI, Jan 26- Oil output from Libya, where ports and oilfields have been shut due to fighting, has fallen to 363,000 barrels a day with exports at about 200,000, the oil minister appointed by forces in control of the capital Tripoli told Reuters. Its oil minister, Mashallah Zwai, told Reuters in an interview that Libya is producing 362,780 bpd of oil, showing a...

  • Titans of the sector such as Schlumberger NV and Halliburton Co may have a chance to scoop up assets and know-how from rivals less able to weather the downturn, as their deeper pockets give them a major tactical advantage. Schlumberger was one of his top three holdings as of end-December, according to the fund fact sheet. Norway's Seadrill Ltd for instance has...

  • 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...

  • HOUSTON— Oil services company Baker Hughes Inc. will lay off about 7,000 workers as it prepares for a downturn in orders because of the plunge in crude prices, the company said Tuesday. The layoffs represent about an 11 percent cut to the 62,000- plus workers Baker Hughes says it employs worldwide. Oil services rival Halliburton had announced in November it...