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  • 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.

  • NEW YORK, July 29- Big U.S. brokerages are redefining the term "wealthy" in their pursuit of ever-richer clients to prop up margins eroded by historically low interest rates and growing regulatory burdens. Clients with less than $750,000 are now considered "mass affluent," meaning they may not get the same service as top customers because their financial needs are...

  • SYDNEY, July 29- U.S. soybeans edged higher on Friday, but the oilseed was poised for its biggest one-month fall in more than two years as fears of potential yield losses amid unfavorable weather ease. The most active soybean futures on the Chicago Board Of Trade rose 0.2 percent to $9.80 a bushel after closing down 0.8 percent on Thursday. "The supply concerns of the...

  • SYDNEY, July 29- U.S. soybeans edged higher on Friday, but the oilseed was poised to record its biggest one-month fall in more than two years as concerns over unfavorable weather eased, boosting expectations for bumper supplies. *U.S. Department of Agriculture weekly U.S. export sales for the current marketing season of a negative 1,400 tonnes of soybeans were...

  • Scouts on the Wheat Quality Council's three-day tour of North Dakota, Minnesota and South Dakota found that timely moisture and early planting benefited spring wheat in many areas, while a lack of rain stunted prospects in others. Last year's record crop benefited from good subsoil reserves, said Terry Weckerly, a scout on the tour who farms near Hurdsfield,...

  • CBOT December corn futures eased 5-1/ 4 cents to $3.37-3/ 4 per bushel, heading for their largest daily losses since July 19. CBOT November soybeans were down 10 cents to $9.76 as of 1:02 p.m. CDT, declining after rising the past two sessions. "The export sales were a little disappointing," said Ted Seifried, analyst at brokerage the Zaner Group.

  • HOUSTON, July 28- Improved fracking techniques have helped cut Pioneer Natural Resources Co's production costs in the Permian Basin to about $2 a barrel, low enough to compete with oil rival Saudi Arabia, CEO Scott Sheffield said on Thursday. The comments from Sheffield, who is retiring soon, were perhaps the most concrete sign yet that the fittest U.S. shale oil...

  • BILLINGS, Mont.— U.S. officials announced plans Thursday to speed up permitting for oil and gas drilling on federal and Indian lands to reduce delays, as applications were projected to be down 40 percent versus their historical average amid an ongoing price slump. That's put a crimp in budgets for the major energy producing states, including Wyoming, New Mexico,...

  • BISMARCK, N.D.— The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is suing federal regulators for approving part of a $3.8 billion oil pipeline between North Dakota and Illinois that would be the biggest-capacity pipeline yet carrying oil out of the state's oil patch. The lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court in Washington challenges the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' decision a...

  • BISMARCK, N.D.— North Dakota's attorney general says a lawsuit challenging the state's anti-corporate farming law is so vague that his office can't even respond to it. "Farm Bureau does not reasonably detail what particular statute or statutes, within an entire chapter, violates the U.S. It was filed in U.S. District Court in Bismarck on June 2 by the state Farm...

  • SYDNEY, July 28- U.S. soybeans rose to an almost one-week high on Thursday, as concerns over potential adverse weather across the Midwest underpinned prices. The most active soybean futures on the Chicago Board of Trade rose 0.53 percent to $9.91-1/ 4 a bushel by 0321 GMT, near the session high of $9.97 a bushel- the highest since July 22. Soybeans drew support from...

  • SYDNEY, July 28- U.S. soybeans rose for a third consecutive session on Thursday to hit a six-day high, boosted by concerns over potential adverse weather over the next month in key U.S. growing regions. *The most active soybean futures on the Chicago Board Of Trade rose 0.63 percent to $9.92-1/ 4 a bushel, near the session high of $9.97 a bushel- the highest since July 22.

  • July 27- Whiting Petroleum Corp, North Dakota's largest oil producer, posted a worse-than-expected quarterly loss on Wednesday as production fell and crude prices dropped. Whiting posted a second-quarter net loss of $301 million, or $1.33 per share, compared with a net loss of $149.3 million, or 73 cents per share, in the year-ago period. Excluding $1.4 million in...

  • The company posted a second-quarter net loss of $301 million, or $1.33 per share, compared with a net loss of $149.3 million, or 73 cents per share, in the year-ago period.

  • *Chicago wheat little changed after falling over 3 pct on Tuesday. HAMBURG, July 27- Chicago wheat fell on Wednesday, as dealers weighed up the impact of falling European Euronext futures against a crop tour forecasting lower U.S. harvest yields. The Chicago Board Of Trade's most-active September wheat contract fell 0.1 percent to $4.14-1/ 2 a bushel at 1057 GMT.

  • *Chicago wheat edges higher after Tuesday's over 3 pct fall. SINGAPORE, July 27- Chicago wheat rose on Wednesday as the market recovered from a more than three percent fall in the previous session, supported by a widely watched crop tour that found lower U.S. spring wheat yield prospects. The Chicago Board Of Trade's most-active wheat contract rose 0.4 percent to...

  • SYDNEY, July 27- U.S. wheat edged higher on Wednesday, rebounding from losses of more than 3 percent in the previous session, drawing support a widely watched U.S. crop tour that pegged yields below five-year average levels. *The most active wheat futures Chicago Board Of Trade rose 0.1 percent to $4.15-1/ 2 a bushel, having closed down 3.3 percent on Tuesday.

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— The Texas company planning a crude oil pipeline that will cut across Iowa received the final federal permit approvals Tuesday needed to proceed with construction. Documents posted by the Iowa Utilities Board show the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approved 60 river crossings in Iowa for Dakota Access, a decision pipeline opponents hoped to stop.

  • 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.

  • NEW YORK, July 22- U.S. independent refiners such as Valero Energy Corp and Phillips 66 look set to post another quarter of disappointing earnings, putting the industry on track for its worst year since the U.S. shale boom began in 2011.. High volumes of imports, combined with refiners switching to maximum gasoline output earlier than usual, resulted in...