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  • NEW YORK— As drivers, shippers and airlines continue to enjoy lower fuel prices, the oil industry is responding to much lower profits with sharp cuts in spending and employment that are hurting economic growth. For instance, Exxon Mobil said Friday it cut spending by $1.54 billion in the second quarter, while Chevron announced it is laying off 1,500 workers.

  • US oil and natural gas rig count down 2 to 874 Friday, 31 Jul 2015 | 2:21 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by two this week to 874.. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, New Mexico gained three rigs, Louisiana gained two and North Dakota, Ohio, Texas and Wyoming each gained one. Kansas lost four rigs, Utah declined by three, Alaska and...

  • *Oil hit by bearish Reuters July survey on OPEC oil. *5 rigs added this week to U.S. oil rig count- Baker Hughes. NEW YORK, July 31- Oil prices fell on Friday, with U.S. crude looking set to post the largest monthly drop since the 2008 financial crisis after signs that top producers in the Middle East were continuing to pump at record levels despite a growing global gut.

  • *Oil weighed by bearish Reuters July survey on OPEC oil. NEW YORK, July 31- Oil prices fell on Friday, with U.S. crude set to post the largest monthly drop since the 2008 financial crisis, after signs that top producers in the Middle East were continuing to pump at record levels despite a growing global gut. July's losses came on the back of a stock market tumble in top...

  • *Oil prices to stay below $70 a barrel in 2015/ 16- NAB. SINGAPORE, July 27- Oil prices fell on Monday after closing the previous session at their lowest levels since March on renewed oversupply concerns from the United States and Iraq, although a weaker dollar helped to limit deeper losses. "The markets are looking for price guidance from Janet& Co," said Ben Le Brun,...

  • SINGAPORE, July 27- Oil prices fell on Monday after closing the previous session at their lowest levels since March on renewed oversupply concerns from the United States and Iraq, although a weaker dollar helped to limit deeper losses. "The markets are looking for price guidance from Janet& Co," said Ben Le Brun, market analyst at Sydney's OptionsXpress, referring...

  • *Drillers add 21 oil rigs in U.S. this week- Baker Hughes. NEW YORK, July 24- Brent and U.S. crude futures settled on Friday at their lowest since March and posted their fourth straight weekly decline as weak economic data from China and a rise in U.S. oil drilling rigs applied pressure. U.S. energy firms added 21 oil rigs this week after pulling seven rigs last week, oil...

  • NEW YORK, July 24- Brent and U.S. crude futures extended losses to session lows on Friday after Baker Hughes Inc data showed companies added 21 oil rigs in the United States this week. Brent crude was down 80 cents at $54.47 a barrel at 1:18 p.m. EDT, after falling to $54.30. U.S. crude was down 52 cents at $47.93, having dropped to $47.72 after the rig-count report was...

  • July 24- Oilfield giants Schlumberger Ltd and Halliburton Co and many others in the oil and gas industry have announced plans to lay off thousands of people in the past few months as global oil prices have fallen more than 40 percent since June last year. Houston- based Schlumberger also said in April that it plans to cut another 11,000 jobs, bringing the total job...

  • OIL DRILLERS ADD RIGS THIS WEEK DESPITE CRUDE PRICE COLLAPSE- BAKER HUGHES.

  • NEW YORK, July 24- Brent futures fell and U.S. crude turned lower on Friday as both contracts headed for their fourth straight weekly declines as weak economic data from China added pressure on oil prices. U.S. crude losses follow Thursday's fall into bear market territory, with it $48.45 a barrel settlement off 21 percent from the June 10 close at $61.43.

  • An energy play that nobody's talking about Thursday, 23 Jul 2015 | 12:38 PM ET
    Flared natural gas is burned at an Apache natural gas plant in the Permian Basin in Garden City, Texas.

    Companies are plowing billions into infrastructure projects, making long-term bets that demand for nat gas will keep growing.

  • *Baker Hughes shares up 3 pct, Halliburton up 4 pct. Rising stage intensity- the practice of fracking more stages per well to increase production- also helped Baker Hughes stem revenue losses, said Societe Generale analyst Edward Muztafago. Baker Hughes's second-quarter revenue from North America, which accounts for over a third of total revenue, decline 25...

  • July 21- Oilfield services provider Baker Hughes Inc, which is being acquired by larger rival Halliburton Inc, said it expects unfavorable market conditions to persist for the rest of the year. "In North America, we don't anticipate activity to increase while commodity prices remain depressed," Baker Hughes Chief Executive Martin Craighead said in a statement...

  • Baker Hughes reports 2Q loss Tuesday, 21 Jul 2015 | 8:09 AM ET

    HOUSTON _ Baker Hughes Inc. on Tuesday reported a second-quarter loss of $188 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. The average estimate of 14 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 15 cents per share. Baker Hughes shares have increased 6 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500...

  • July 21- Oilfield services provider Baker Hughes Inc, which is being acquired by larger rival Halliburton Inc, posted a quarterly loss, compared with a year-ago profit, as a steep drop in oil prices kept a lid on drilling activity. Net loss attributable to Baker Hughes was $188 million, or 43 cents per share, in the second quarter ended June 30, compared with a profit of...

  • Apple earnings in focus for Wall Street Tuesday, 21 Jul 2015 | 6:01 AM ET
    Customers outside an Apple store in Madrid, Spain.

    U.S. stocks were expected to open a touch weaker on Tuesday, as earnings season gets into full swing with the likes of Apple reporting this session.

  • *U.S. crude futures drop below $50 intraday. NEW YORK, July 20- Oil futures fell on Monday and U.S. crude slipped below $50 a barrel intraday as ample supply, the prospect of more Iranian crude for export and a strengthening dollar combined to pressure prices. August crude, set to expire on Tuesday, fell 74 cents to settle at $50.15, having fallen to $49.85, its first time...

  • *U.S. crude futures drop below $50 intraday. NEW YORK, July 20- Oil futures fell on Monday and U.S. crude slipped below $50 a barrel intraday as ample supply, the prospect of more Iranian crude for export and a strengthening dollar combined to pressure prices. August crude, set to expire on Tuesday, fell 74 cents to settle at $50.15, having fallen to $49.85, its first time...

  • US oil ends at $50.15 a barrel; lowest since April Monday, 20 Jul 2015 | 2:31 PM ET
    A customer fills his tank at a gas station in Wheeler Ridge, California.

    Oil prices slipped on Monday, despite data showing a sharp drop in Saudi Arabia's crude oil exports.