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  • LONDON, Feb 5- Big oil companies had a poor record of finding and producing oil and gas last year, according to figures out in the past week- and big cuts in spending in response to falling crude prices could undermine their plans to turn that around. Four of the world's six biggest oil firms by market value- Royal Dutch Shell, Chevron, BP and ConocoPhillips- released...

  • Weatherford to cut 5,000 jobs as it fights oil slump Thursday, 5 Feb 2015 | 12:49 AM ET

    Feb 5- Weatherford International Plc plans to cut 5,000 jobs, or about 9 percent of its workforce, by the end of the first quarter as the oil services company tries to save costs amid sinking oil prices and budget cuts. Schlumberger NV, the world's largest oilfield services provider, is laying off 9,000 employees, while Baker Hughes Inc is reducing its headcount by...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 4- U.S. stocks were poised to dip at the open on Wednesday, in the wake of a two-day rally for the S&P 500, as oil prices declined and labor market data disappointed. U.S. crude was down 3.3 percent to $51.32 and Brent was off 2.6 percent to $56.43. Contract driller Transocean fell 1.9 percent to $18.05 in premarket trade.

  • US STOCKS-Futures dip after 2-day run; ADP data on tap Wednesday, 4 Feb 2015 | 7:43 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Feb 4- U.S. stock index futures dipped on Wednesday, after a two-day rally for the S&P 500 ahead of data on the labor market and the services sector. *Investors will eye the January private-sector employment report from payrolls processor ADP at 8:15 a.m. for signs of continuing improvement in the labor market. *Later in the session at 9:45 a.m., financial...

  • National Oilwell warns of 'severe downturn' in 2015 Tuesday, 3 Feb 2015 | 12:40 PM ET
    Workers, bottom left, walk near National Oilwell Varco Inc. (NOV) oil duct reels at the Acu Port in Sao Joao da Barra, Brazil.

    National Oilwell Varco warned of a severe downturn in its business after orders for its drilling parts plunged nearly 90 percent.

  • Feb 3- Top U.S. oilfield equipment maker National Oilwell Varco Inc warned of a severe downturn in its business after orders for its drilling parts plunged nearly 90 percent, underscoring the extent of the spending cuts caused by the oil price slump. "Customers are delaying purchases of both capital and consumables wherever possible, seeking to conserve cash in...

  • US STOCKS-Wall St gains on Greek deal hopes, oil climb Tuesday, 3 Feb 2015 | 10:54 AM ET

    *Staples, Office Depot in advanced merger talks- WSJ. *Stratasys drops after cutting outlook. A source told Reuters that Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, in London to reassure private investors he was not seeking a showdown with Brussels over a new debt agreement, said the new left-wing government would spare privately held bonds from losses.

  • *Staples, Office Depot in advanced merger talks- WSJ. A source told Reuters that Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, in London to reassure private investors he was not seeking a showdown with Brussels over a new debt agreement, said the new left-wing government would spare privately held bonds from losses. Shares of offshore contract driller Transocean...

  • Feb 3 (Reuters)- National Oilwell Varco Inc, the largest U.S. oilfield equipment provider, warned of a challenging market in 2015 after orders in its rig technology business plunged nearly 90 percent in the fourth quarter. Orders in the business, which makes rigs and drilling components, fell to $470 million from $3.61 billion in the quarter ended Dec. 31, from a year...

  • 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...