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  • Bernstein Research said this week that about a third of U.S. shale production would be uneconomical if oil prices were to fall to $80 per barrel. E&P industry needs $90 NYMEX, about $100 Brent, oil prices to maintain the current oil rig count of 1,500-1,600 rigs, which is intrinsic to our U.S. oil production outlook. MORNINGSTAR INC "Our analysis suggests that the...

  • Midday Glance: Coal companies Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 1:51 PM ET

    Arch Coal rose$. 09 or 4.9 percent, to $1.85. Consol Energy Inc. rose$. 55 or 1.6 percent, to $35.22. Peabody Energy rose$. 24 or 2.3 percent, to $10.55.

  • Midday Glance: Chemicals companies Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 1:51 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies are mixed at 1 p.m.:. Dow Chemical Co. rose$. 24 or. 5 percent, to $47.85. DuPont Co. fell$. 08 or. 1 percent, to $68.57.

  • Midday Glance: Gold companies Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 1:51 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top gold companies are down at 1 p.m.:. Barrick Gold Corp. fell$. 10 or. 8 percent, to $13.29. Newmont Mining Corp. fell$. 71 or 3.1 percent, to $21.88.

  • Midday Glance: Silver companies Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 1:51 PM ET

    Hecla Mining Co. rose$. 03 or 1.1 percent, to $2.33. Pan American Silver Corp. rose$. 18 or 1.8 percent, to $10.45. Silver Wheaton rose$. 03 or. 2 percent, to $19.38.

  • The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in California, argues that the Environmental Protection Agency did not adequately analyze the impact of one of the new herbicide's active ingredients, 2,4- D, before granting approval on Oct. 15 to Dow's Enlist Duo herbicide. "They did not do an adequate job," said Andrew Kimbrell, an attorney with...

  • LONDON, Oct 23- BHP Billiton's chief executive said its strategy of high-volume iron ore production was the best way to profit in a gloomy market, defending a plan that has come under growing criticism for depressing prices. BHP has said it intends to boost production at existing assets by 65 million tonnes to 290 million a year by June 2017 and plans to cut its...

  • Early Glance: Coal companies Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 11:56 AM ET

    Arch Coal rose$. 04 or 2.3 percent, to $1.80. Consol Energy Inc. rose$. 26 or. 7 percent, to $34.93. Peabody Energy rose$. 11 or 1.0 percent, to $10.42.

  • Early Glance: Chemicals companies Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 11:56 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies are down at 10 a.m.:. Dow Chemical Co. fell$. 01 or percent, to $47.60. DuPont Co. fell$. 16 or. 2 percent, to $68.50.

  • Early Glance: Silver companies Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 11:56 AM ET

    Hecla Mining Co. rose$. 04 or 1.7 percent, to $2.34. Pan American Silver Corp. rose$. 24 or 2.3 percent, to $10.51. Silver Standard Resources Inc. fell$. 05 or. 9 percent, to $5.36.

  • Early Glance: Gold companies Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 11:56 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top gold companies are mixed at 10 a.m.:. Barrick Gold Corp. fell$. 07 or. 5 percent, to $13.32. Newmont Mining Corp. fell$. 13 or. 6 percent, to $22.46.

  • Atlantic Copper, a subsidiary of mining firm Freeport-McMoRan Inc, expects to produce 284,000 tonnes of copper cathodes, up from 226,000 tonnes in 2013, when it cut production by 17.5 percent due partly to a maintenance shutdown at its facility in Huelva, Spain. "While there are new mines coming on stream, there is also new smelter capacity being built in China,"...

  • BUENOS AIRES, Oct 23- Persistent government intervention in Argentina's stagnating economy means oil and gas firms will remain cautious even if Congress backs a proposed law offering sweeteners to attract new investments worth tens of billions of dollars. Argentina needs to ramp up production from its vast but barely tapped Vaca Muerta shale oil and gas...

  • Oct 23- Nucor Corp, the No. 1 U.S. steelmaker, posted a higher quarterly profit on Thursday as the growing U.S. economy fueled demand for its products from the auto, construction, and oil and gas industries. Analysts on average expected Nucor to post a profit of 74 cents a share on sales of $5.4 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. In early trading on the New York...

  • USG reports 3Q loss Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 9:01 AM ET

    CHICAGO _ USG Corp. on Thursday reported a third-quarter loss of $12 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 47 cents per share. Analysts expected $1.01 billion, according to Zacks.

  • *Third-quarter profit $0.38/ share vs est. Oct 23- Potash Corp of Saskatchewan cut the top end of its full-year earnings forecast range and the company reported a lower-than-expected quarterly profit as income fell from its overseas investments. Potash Corp, the world's biggest fertilizer company by market value, said average realized price for potash fell 9...

  • KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia, Oct 23- Saudi Basic Industries Corp and Royal Dutch Shell have shelved plans to expand an existing petrochemical joint venture in Saudi Arabia as the results of feasibility studies were not encouraging. The two partners in the joint project, known as SADAF joint venture in Jubail, on the Gulf coast of Saudi Arabia, first announced plans to...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct 23- Brazilian miner Vale produced 85.7 million tonnes of iron ore in the third quarter, the highest level in the company's history, as it ramps up output in a bid to counter falling prices. Production of iron ore rose 3 percent from the same period last year, and was 7.9 percent higher than the previous quarter, it said on Thursday.

  • Bemis meets 3Q profit forecasts Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 7:30 AM ET

    NEENAH, Wis. _ Bemis Co. on Thursday reported net income of $17 million in its third quarter. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of 67 cents per share. Analysts expected $1.23 billion, according to Zacks.

  • The company's investments in potash companies in Jordan, Israel and Chile accounted for 8 percent of its profit in the third quarter, down from 24 percent a year earlier. Potash Corp, the world's biggest fertilizer company by market value, narrowed its 2014 forecast profit to $1.75- $1.85 per share from $1.70- $1.90, citing a reduction in estimated income from...

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