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  • Dec 15- Halliburton Co and Baker Hughes Inc said U.S. antitrust officials were not satisfied with the concessions they offered to win approval for their proposed merger, and that officials said they would assess further proposals. The two oilfield service providers said it was unlikely they would be able to settle with the U.S. Department of Justice by Tuesday,...

  • Dec 15- U.S. antitrust officials are not satisfied with Halliburton Co's proposals to get clearance for its proposed acquisition of Baker Hughes Inc and are not expected to make a decision on the deal until next year, Bloomberg reported. Baker Hughes and Halliburton declined to comment on the Bloomberg report. Baker Hughes shares were up 4.3 percent, after being...

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  • NEW YORK, Dec 8- Price swings in the energy market weighed on stocks and exchange-traded funds again on Tuesday, hitting the shares of oil producers for the fifth consecutive trading day. Markets in energy-infrastructure stocks were active as well, as Kinder Morgan lost 6.5 percent. Exxon Mobil Corp fell 1.9 percent, Chevron Corp was down 1 percent and...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 8- Oil price swings weighed on stocks and exchange-traded funds again on Tuesday, hitting the shares of energy producers for the fifth consecutive trading day. Kinder Morgan lost 4.8 percent, while Exxon Mobil fell 1.9 percent, Chevron Corp was down 0.4 percent and Schlumberger Ltd fell 1.2 percent. The SIG Oil Exploration and Production index hit...

  • *Average hourly earnings increase 4.0 cents. WASHINGTON, Dec 4- U.S. employment increased at a healthy pace in November, in another sign of the economy's resilience, and will most likely be followed by the first Federal Reserve interest rate rise in a decade later this month. Nonfarm payrolls rose 211,000 last month, the U.S. Labor Department said on Friday.

  • *Average hourly earnings increase four cents. WASHINGTON, Dec 4- U.S. employment increased strongly in November in a show of the economy's resilience, which most likely paves the way for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates this month for the first time in nearly a decade. Nonfarm payrolls rose 211,000 last month, the Labor Department said on Friday.

  • *Average hourly earnings increase four cents. WASHINGTON, Dec 4- U.S. job growth increased solidly in November in a show of the economy's resilience, which most likely paves the way for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates this month for the first time in nearly a decade. Nonfarm payrolls increased 211,000 last month, the Labor Department said on Friday.

  • *Nonfarm payrolls forecast to rise 200,000 in November. WASHINGTON, Dec 4- U.S. job growth likely remained solid in November in a show of the economy's resilience, which could pave the way for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates this month for the first time in nearly a decade. It will have to be a disaster for the Fed to delay until 2016, "said Ryan Sweet, senior...

  • *Venezuela, Iran push OPEC to lower production. VIENNA, Dec 2- Saudi Arabia is seen rejecting calls from fellow OPEC members to cut output when the group meets this week as the group's kingpin argues it cannot deal alone with one of the most severe oil gluts in history. But while the Saudis can claim a partial victory over the U.S. shale oil boom, production from top non-...

  • *Venezuela, Iran push OPEC to lower production. VIENNA, Dec 2- Saudi Arabia has come under increased pressure from fellow OPEC members to cut output to prop up prices as the group meets this week amid one of the most severe oil gluts in its history. But while the Saudis can claim a partial victory over the U.S. shale oil boom, production from top non- OPEC rival Russia has...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 25- U.S. consumer spending barely rose in October as households took advantage of rising incomes to boost savings to their highest level in nearly three years, pointing to moderate economic growth in the fourth quarter. That's enough to justify a rate hike as long as next Friday's employment report is not a disaster, "said Chris Low, chief economist...

  • *Consumer spending rises 0.1 percent in October. WASHINGTON, Nov 25- U.S. consumer spending barely rose in October as households took advantage of rising incomes to boost savings to their highest level in nearly three years, pointing to moderate economic growth in the fourth quarter. The Commerce Department said consumer spending edged up 0.1 percent after a...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 25- A gauge of U.S. business investment plans surged in October, the latest suggestion that the worst of the drag from a strong dollar and deep spending cuts by energy firms was over. The Commerce Department said on Wednesday non-defense capital goods orders excluding aircraft, a closely watched proxy for business spending plans, increased 1.3...

  • 5 ways to play oil's Putin premium Wednesday, 25 Nov 2015 | 7:00 AM ET

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  • *UAE oil min says 2016 will be a year of upward price correction. *Still defends OPEC decision last year not to cut output. *Says UAE production capacity to increase to 3.5 mln bpd.

  • *Average hourly earnings increase 9 cents. WASHINGTON, Nov 6- U.S. job growth surged in October after two straight months of tepid gains, with the unemployment rate hitting a 7-1/ 2- year low in a show of domestic strength that makes it almost likely the Federal Reserve will hike interest rates in December. Nonfarm payrolls increased 271,000 last month, the largest...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 6- U.S. job growth likely accelerated in October after two straight months of tepid gains, with wages also picking up in a show of domestic strength that would bolster prospects for a December interest rate hike from the Federal Reserve. Minutes from the Fed's Oct. 27-28 meeting and subsequent comments from Yellen have firmly put a rate hike on the...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 3- New orders for U.S. factory goods fell for a second straight month in September as the manufacturing sector continues to struggle under the weight of a strong dollar and deep spending cuts by energy companies. Demand for many categories of manufactured goods continues to struggle from the effect of a stronger dollar, weak foreign demand and...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 2- U.S. manufacturing activity in October hit a 2-1/ 2- year low, but a rise in new orders offered hope for a sector buffeted by a strong dollar and relentless spending cuts by energy companies. We do not expect the manufacturing data will cause the Fed to push the first rate hike back into 2016, "said John Ryding, chief economist at RDQ Economics in New...