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  • BATON ROUGE, La. _ Investar Holding Corp. on Thursday reported second-quarter earnings of $2 million. The holding company for Investar Bank posted revenue of $10.9 million in the period. Investar shares have declined 12 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • DERIDDER, La. _ Amerisafe Inc. on Thursday reported second-quarter profit of $16.6 million. On a per-share basis, the Deridder, Louisiana- based company said it had profit of 87 cents. Amerisafe shares have increased 21 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • NEW YORK, July 28- Fitch Ratings upgraded more U.S. public sector debt than it downgraded during the second quarter with a significant increase in upgrades in part because of a change in criteria for how it reviews tax-supported credits, the firm said in a report on Thursday. There were 83 upgrades versus 43 downgrades in the quarter, Fitch said.

  • BATON ROUGE, La. _ H&E Equipment Services Inc. on Thursday reported second-quarter net income of $7.5 million. On a per-share basis, the Baton Rouge, Louisiana- based company said it had profit of 21 cents. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • LAFAYETTE, La. _ Iberiabank Corp. on Wednesday reported second-quarter earnings of $50.8 million. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.15 per share. Iberiabank shares have increased 15 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • LAFAYETTE, La. _ MidSouth Bancorp Inc. on Wednesday reported second-quarter earnings of $1.7 million. The bank, based in Lafayette, Louisiana, said it had earnings of 15 cents per share. Keywords: MidSouth Bancorp, Earnings Report.

  • HOUSTON, July 27- Hess Corp said on Wednesday it was pursuing legal action against Schlumberger NV for $40 million or more, claiming the oilfield service provider supplied a defective valve for a U.S. Gulf of Mexico oilfield that shuttered three wells and crimped production. Hess executives claimed the company is owed between $30 million and $40 million in...

  • TransCanada is behind the Energy East Pipeline project, a 4,600- kilometer pipeline, or nearly 3,000 miles, that would carry crude oil from tar sands in Western Canada to the East Coast, where it would then be shipped to refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast. Plans call for converting a natural gas line for part of the route and then building a new pipeline to...

  • LAFAYETTE, La. _ Home Bancorp Inc. on Tuesday reported second-quarter earnings of $4 million. Home Bancorp shares have climbed roughly 9 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Home Bancorp, Earnings Report.

  • PORTLAND, Maine— American fishermen are digging in for a fight over a congressional proposal to send a message to the rest of the world by shutting down the vestiges of the U.S. harvest of shark fins, prized for soup and traditional medicine in Asia. Cory Booker, a New Jersey Democrat, and others promises to ban the sale and possession of shark fins to ensure U.S....

  • *Plan to locate in Texas or Louisiana. DUBAI/ KHOBAR, July 25- Saudi Basic Industries Corp, one of the world's largest petrochemicals groups, said on Monday it is studying launching a jointly-owned petrochemicals complex with an affiliate of U.S. The project will be on the United States' Gulf Coast, possibly in Texas or Louisiana, and will include a production...

  • WASHINGTON, July 23- Recent attacks on civilians in the U.S. and Europe have exposed a gap in the intelligence community's efforts to track suspected extremists and prevent mass killings, a half dozen American, British and French counterterrorism officials told Reuters. They included the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida; the murder of a...

  • Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 371 rigs sought oil and 88 explored for natural gas this week. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas gained 15, California was up by two and New Mexico gained one. Arkansas, Colorado, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming were unchanged.

  • LONDON, July 22- The number of London Metal Exchange physical storage units continues to decline in tandem with falling registered stocks. As of July 8 there were 608 registered warehouses for the storage of base metals, down from 621 a year ago and from almost 700 in 2012 and 2013.. Total exchange-registered stocks have fallen to 3.6 million tonnes from over 7.5...

  • NEW ORLEANS— Oil giant Shell said Thursday that it will be cutting about 190 jobs from its deep-water Gulf of Mexico operations. Kimberly Windon, a Shell spokeswoman, said the company determined its staffing levels were higher than other operators'. Pavel Molchanov, an energy analyst with Raymond James, said companies around the world have been cutting jobs in...

  • MILAN, July 21- The United States will ship its first liquefied natural gas cargo through an expanded Panama Canal next week. A day later BP Plc's British Merchant will begin passing through the Panama Canal also carrying cargo from the United States to Manzanillo on Mexico's Pacific coast, Kpler LNG said. The Panama Canal Authority confirmed the Maran Gas...

  • COVINGTON, La. _ Pool Corp. on Thursday reported second-quarter earnings of $85.4 million. Pool Corp. expects full-year earnings to be $3.30 to $3.45 per share. Pool Corp. shares have climbed 20 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Also rising at a fast clip, though, is speculative interest on both the London and Shanghai markets. Market open interest on the Shanghai Futures Exchange is surging, while speculative length in the LME is rapidly approaching those May 2015 peaks. Investors have got sucked into the zinc market before, most recently in May last year, when the London price peaked at...

  • Also rising at a fast clip, though, is speculative interest on both the London and Shanghai markets. Market open interest on the Shanghai Futures Exchange is surging, while speculative length in the LME is rapidly approaching those May 2015 peaks. Investors have got sucked into the zinc market before, most recently in May last year, when the London price peaked at...

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