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  • ORLANDO, Fla./ MIAMI, July 29- Florida authorities on Friday reported the first sign of local Zika transmission in the continental United States, concluding that mosquitoes likely infected four people with the virus that can cause a rare but serious birth defect. "This means Florida has become the first state in the nation to have local transmission of the Zika...

  • *Sees Q3 refining capacity at mid-90 pct vs. 100 pct in Q2. July 29- Phillips 66 joined larger rival Valero Energy Corp in saying that refiners are expected to process less crude in the second half of the year as margins shrink due to a gasoline glut. "My personal view is we've got a lot of inventory stacked up," Chief Executive Greg Garland said on a post-earnings call.

  • Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Louisiana and New Mexico each gained two, while Colorado, Ohio, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania were up one apiece. Texas declined by three, Alaska and West Virginia by two each and Utah by one. Arkansas, California, Kansas, North Dakota and Wyoming were unchanged.

  • ORLANDO, Fla., July 29- Florida authorities on Friday reported what is believed to be the first evidence of local Zika transmission in the continental United States, concluding that mosquitoes likely infected four people with the virus that can cause a rare but serious birth defect. Governor Rick Scott said the state believed active transmission of the virus...

  • July 29- Phillips 66 joined larger rival Valero Energy Corp in saying that refiners are expected to process less crude in the second half of the year as margins shrink due to a gasoline glut. "My personal view is we've got a lot of inventory stacked up," Chief Executive Greg Garland said on a post-earnings call. Smaller rival Alon USA Energy Inc said on Friday it...

  • ORLANDO, Fla., July 29- Florida authorities on Friday reported what is believed to be the first evidence of local Zika transmission in the continental United States, concluding that mosquitoes likely infected four people with the virus that can cause rare but serious birth defects. Governor Rick Scott said the state believed active transmission of the virus...

  • 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...