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  • LONDON, Jan 20- If capital and workers could move instantly and without friction between industries, the plunge in oil prices would be unambiguously positive for the U.S. economy in the short term as well as the longer one. Despite the growth in shale production, the United States is still a net importer of around 5 million barrels per day of crude and refined...

  • *Baker Hughes fourth-quarter adjusted profit $1.44 vs est $1.07. Jan 20- Oilfield services provider Baker Hughes Inc said it expects to lay off about 7,000 employees, days after industry leader Schlumberger Ltd said it would cut jobs as drilling activity slows due to a steep fall in oil prices. Halliburton, which is buying Baker Hughes in a near- $35 billion deal,...

  • MOSCOW, Jan 20- Oil services giant Schlumberger plans to buy a 45.65 percent stake in Eurasia Drilling for about $1.7 billion, potentially paving the way for it to become the sole owner of Russia's most active oilfield services company. The multi-stage deal announced by the companies on Tuesday will see U.S. group Schlumberger, which has been in a strategic...

  • Strong North America demand drives Halliburton profit Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 7:09 AM ET

    Jan 20- Halliburton Co, the world's No. 2 oilfield services provider, reported a 14 percent rise in fourth-quarter profit, helped by strong demand for its services in North America. Net income attributable to the company rose to $901 million, or $1.06 per share, in the quarter ended Dec. 31 from $793 million, or 93 cents per share, a year earlier. Halliburton entered a...

  • Jan 20- Baker Hughes Inc posted a better-than-expected quarterly profit on resilient demand but the oilfield services company warned that recent declines in rig counts due to low oil prices would "clearly affect" results in 2015.. The number of rigs drilling for oil in the United States fell by 55 to 1,366 last week, the second-sharpest weekly drop in 24 years,...

  • BEIJING/ YANGON, Jan 20- A crude oil pipeline and a deep sea port meant to secure an alternative route for Chinese imports overland through Myanmar are set to open at the end of January, but an affiliated refinery in China is months away from completion, sources said. The finished development should help ease China's reliance on shipments via the narrow and...

  • *China faces significant downward pressure on economy- Premier. *Iraq announces record oil production for December. Jan 19- Brent crude oil prices fell below $49 a barrel and U.S. crude also fell more than $1 on Monday after the global economic outlook darkened and Iraq announced record oil production.

  • *China faces significant downward pressure on economy- Premier. *Iraq announces record oil production for December. Jan 19- Brent crude oil prices fell below $49 a barrel and U.S. crude also fell more than $1 on Monday after the global economic outlook darkened and Iraq announced record oil production.

  • In a stark sign of how a sudden, 60 percent drop in oil prices is biting, oil services giant Schlumberger Ltd on Thursday said it will reduce spending this year by 25 percent and fire 9,000 workers worldwide, surprising investors with the size of the cuts. "There is total chaos and uncertainty and it is impacting the whole ecosystem," said Aamer Sarfraz, chief...

  • In a stark sign of how a sudden, 60 percent drop in oil prices is biting, oil services giant Schlumberger Ltd on Thursday said it will reduce spending this year by 25 percent and fire 9,000 workers worldwide, surprising investors with the size of the cuts. "There is total chaos and uncertainty and it is impacting the whole ecosystem," said Aamer Sarfraz, chief...

  • Jan 16- Schlumberger Ltd, the world's No.1 oilfield services provider, said the oil price drop was likely to have a "significantly more dramatic" impact on North America than on the rest of the world. Shares of Schlumberger, which derives two-thirds of its revenue from operations outside North America, rose as much as 5 percent to $80.79 on Friday.

  • Jan 16- Schlumberger Ltd, the world's No.1 oilfield services provider, said the drop in oil prices was likely to have a bigger impact on activity and pricing in North America than in international markets, which is its stronghold. Shares of Schlumberger, which gets only a third of its revenue from North America, were up more than 3.5 percent at $79.40 in morning...

  • Jan 15- Schlumberger Ltd, the world's No.1 oilfield services provider, said it will cut 9,000 jobs, or about 7 percent of its workforce, as it focuses on controlling costs amid plummeting oil prices. Schlumberger had said last month that it would take a $1 billion charge related to jobs cuts and the writedown of some seismic vessels. Schlumberger's customers- oil...

  • Schlumberger to cut 9,000 jobs on oil-price plunge Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 5:39 PM ET

    Schlumberger Ltd, the world's No.1 oilfield services provider, said it will cut 9,000 jobs, or about 7 percent of its workforce.

  • Schlumberger revenue rises 6 pct Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 4:31 PM ET

    Jan 15- Schlumberger Ltd, the world's No.1 oilfield services provider, reported a 6 percent rise in quarterly revenue, helped by efficiency improvements in North America and resilient drilling activity in the Middle East and Asia. Net income attributable to the Houston, Texas- based company fell to $302 million, or 23 cents per share, in the fourth quarter ended...

  • LONDON, Jan 14- U.S. crude production is set to rise by another 300,000 barrels per day to a temporary peak in May, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, before declining over the summer. STEO forecasts production will climb from 9.15 million bpd in December 2014 to reach a temporary high of 9.47 million bpd by May 2015. This production profile is...

  • LONDON, Jan 14- California's oil industry is being hit harder than any other state by falling prices because of the comparatively poor quality of its crude and its aging fields. The California rig count is the lowest since October 2009, when producers were struggling with low prices in the aftermath of the global financial crisis and deep recession that began a...

  • *Older tankers being booked to store oil, boon for owners. *Last oil storage play seen in 2009. LONDON, Jan 13- Some of the world's biggest oil traders have booked supertankers to store at least 25 million barrels at sea in recent days, seeking to take advantage of the crash in crude prices and make a profit down the line.

  • Jan 13- Oil and gas producer Newfield Exploration Co said it would retain its assets in China, saying a slump in oil prices had created "headwinds" in the sale process. "The recent and significant pull back in global oil prices created headwinds for our China sales process... Hong Kong- listed oil trader and shipping firm Brightoil Petroleum Holdings had held talks...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 13- Oil prices fell by up 3 percent to near six-year lows on Tuesday, with Brent briefly trading at par to U.S. crude for the first time in three months as some traders moved to take advantage of ample storage space in the United States. Brent was down $1.48 at $45.95 a barrel by 1850 GMT, after falling to $45.19, its lowest since March 2009.