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  • WASHINGTON, July 27- A gauge of U.S. business investment plans rebounded solidly in June after two straight months of declines, suggesting the drag on manufacturing from capital spending cuts was starting to ebb. "This could be a sign that manufacturing activity is starting to pick up again following the weak start to the year," said Daniel Silver, an economist at...

  • *Core capital goods orders rise 0.9 percent in June. WASHINGTON, July 27- A gauge of U.S. business investment plans rebounded solidly in June, suggesting the drag on manufacturing from capital spending cuts was starting to ebb. The Commerce Department said on Monday non-defense capital goods orders excluding aircraft, a closely watched proxy for business...

  • Schlumberger Ltd, the world's No. 1 oilfield services provider said last week it believed the North American rig count may be bottoming and that a slow rise in both land drilling and completion activity could occur in the second half of the year. Schlumberger and rival Halliburton have slashed their capital expenditure budgets for this year.

  • 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...

  • Trade to go: Bet on this energy stock? Tuesday, 21 Jul 2015 | 1:29 PM ET

    "Halftime Report" trader Joe Terranova gives his trade for the second half.

  • *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...

  • Nasdaq ekes out another record amid earnings Monday, 20 Jul 2015 | 4:00 PM ET
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    U.S. stocks closed mildly higher, with the Nasdaq at another record, as investors digested earnings reports.

  • *Halliburton, Baker shares up amid decline in oil stocks. July 20- Halliburton Co said it had tapped BlackRock Inc for $500 million to help fund drilling in existing shale wells, the first such move by a major oilfield services provider at a time when oil producers are shying away from drilling new wells. "Though a relatively small market today, we see significant...

  • July 20- Halliburton Co, the world's No.2 oilfield services provider, reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit as costs cuts helped offset the impact of a steep drop in drilling activity. The company also said it was "fully committed" to completing its takeover of smaller rival Baker Hughes Inc, after the U.S. Department of Justice extended its review of...

  • US stocks eye earnings, gold and Greece Monday, 20 Jul 2015 | 8:24 AM ET
    A person walks by Morgan Stanley's New York headquarters.

    U.S. stocks were expected to open a tad higher on Monday, with focus on a slew of second-quarter earnings reports.

  • Early movers: MS, HAS, HAL, VSLR, PYPL & more Monday, 20 Jul 2015 | 7:55 AM ET
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.

  • July 20- Oilfield services provider Halliburton Co reported a 93 percent fall in quarterly profit as oil producers pummeled by a steep decline in oil prices cut drilling activity, and the company incurred about $400 million in charges. Profit attributable to Halliburton fell to $53 million, or 6 cents per share, in the second quarter ended June 30 from $775...

  • Two veiled women look at smart phone brands in Paytakht computer mall in Tehran, Iran.

    European and Asian business could pour into Iran if sanctions are lifted, but U.S. law would keep most Americans on the sidelines.

  • July 17- Schlumberger Ltd, the world's No. 1 oilfield services provider, expects little improvement in pricing levels in the near future as customers continue to keep a tight lid on budgets, it said on a conference call on Friday. Schlumberger, which provides drilling technology and equipment to oil and gas companies, expects exploration and production...

  • Pisani: Commodity stocks get hit hard Wednesday, 15 Jul 2015 | 4:57 PM ET
    A gas flare is seen at an oil well site outside Williston, North Dakota.

    China, weak oil hit commodity stocks

  • July 15- Growing doubts that regulators may not approve Halliburton Co's $35- billion takeover of fellow oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc this year has thrown up a high-reward opportunity for investors with an appetite for risk. Baker Hughes' stock was trading at a discount of 8 percent to $67, which is what Halliburton's cash-and-stock offer was...

  • The US businesses that win on the Iran deal Tuesday, 14 Jul 2015 | 1:42 PM ET
    A view of a petrochemical complex in Assaluyeh on Iran's Persian Gulf coast.

    International energy, financial and manufacturing firms all stand to gain from lifted Iranian sanctions.

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON/ HOUSTON, July 9- In early May, with its legal options dwindling and investors impatient, BP Plc saw a chance to negotiate what became a $18.7 billion settlement that ended five years of litigation over the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history. An unexpected opportunity to secure a global deal that would wipe the slate clean of hundreds of claims...

  • WASHINGTON, July 2- U.S. job growth slowed in June and Americans left the labor force in droves, tempering expectations for a September interest rate hike from the Federal Reserve. The Labor Department said on Thursday nonfarm payrolls rose 223,000 last month after a downwardly revised 254,000 increase in May, with construction and government employment...