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    Donald Trump is the projected winner of GOP primaries in six states, and the apparent winner of another, according to NBC News.

  • Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders is accompanied by his wife Jane as he arrives on stage at his Super Tuesday rally in Burlington, Vermont March 1, 2016.

    Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders showed his campaign still has signs of life on Tuesday, as he notched four wins in his favor.

  • March 1- In the 16 months since Oklahoma oilman Harold Hamm dismissed OPEC as a "toothless tiger" because of growing U.S. energy independence, shares in his Oklahoma City- based Continental Resources Inc, a major shale oil driller, have fallen about 60 percent. Whether or not the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries has been defanged, it has been unable...

  • GRAND FORKS, N.D., Feb 29- In a basement lab of a North Dakota research center, Beth Kurz and an assistant are peering through a scanning electron microscope, studying samples from the state's vast Bakken shale oil formation. The University of North Dakota's Energy and Environmental Research Center where Kurz works has hired 20 more researchers and lab...

  • *Market turns course as Venezuela reaffirms output freeze meeting. Venezuela reaffirmed a mid-March meeting of oil producers that would include Saudi Arabia, Russia and Qatar, to stabilize prices that have slumped 70 percent in a 20- month rout. "It's the Venezuela headline that got the market excited enough to rebound, though it's baffling why as everyone...

  • Feb 25- Wall Street gained on Thursday as strong U.S. manufacturing data pointed to a recovery in the struggling sector and some investors saw opportunities after weeks of volatility. Some investors took Wall Street's recent gains as a sign that prices are stabilizing. "I have a lot of people calling me and saying' Hey, I've got $50,000 in the bank earning zero...

  • In December Moody's and Standard& Poor's lowered the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma company's credit rating further into junk territory as crude oil lingered around $30 a barrel, a price that severely saps the cash flow of U.S. shale operators. As of Feb. 24, Chesapeake said it had received requests to post about $220 million in collateral, of which it posted...

  • U.S. official data shows Cushing at record of 65.1 mln bbls. "Throwing in a further Cushing build to the overall record in stocks makes it very difficult for this market to rally," said Pete Donovan, broker at New York's Liquidity Energy. U.S. crude futures were down 85 cents at $31.30 a barrel by 11:28 a.m. EST, after falling more than $1 earlier.

  • U.S. crude futures were down $1 at $31.15 a barrel by 10:50 a.m. EST. Brent crude futures also fell $1 to $33.41 a barrel. "Throwing in a further Cushing build to the overall record in stocks makes it very difficult for this market to rally," said Pete Donovan, broker at New York's Liquidity Energy.

  • WTI's outlook has deteriorated since as stockpiles of crude mounted across the United States, especially in Cushing, Oklahoma, the delivery point for the U.S. crude futures. "The Brent trade remains surprisingly stout in continuing a sideways or consolidation phase that is approaching one month in duration," said Jim Ritterbusch, president at Chicago- based oil...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 24- U.S. crude oil stocks rose to a second consecutive record high last week as refinery utilization fell, while gasoline inventories fell for the first time since November, data from the Energy Information Administration showed on Wednesday. On the Gulf Coast, crude stockpiles also rose to the highest on record, up 4.4 million barrels to 255.6...

  • CHICAGO, Feb 23- Efforts by hog farmers to corral a killer pig virus paid off in January, with U.S. warehouses recording the most pork ever for that month, based on Tuesday's U.S. Department of Agriculture Cold Storage report. Pork storage comparisons to 1915 should be put into context, said David Maloni, chief commodity strategist with the American Restaurant...

  • *Iran not expected to join pact to freeze output. NEW YORK, Feb 23- Oil prices tumbled 4 percent on Tuesday after Saudi Oil Minister Ali Al-Naimi ruled out production cuts, and extended losses after settlement when a U.S. industry trade group API said domestic crude stockpiles swelled by more than twice what analysts had expected. Big oil exporters Saudi Arabia and...

  • HOUSTON, Feb 18- It was a head fake that left Wall Street scratching its head. Dave Hager, Devon Energy Corp's chief executive, on Wednesday downplayed the need for a stock offering, telling analysts the oil producer would prefer to sell assets and cut its dividend to protect its balance sheet. Analysts criticized the Oklahoma City- based company in investor notes,...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 18- U.S. crude oil and gasoline inventories rose last week to new record highs as imports of crude grew and refineries increased output, data from the Energy Information Administration showed on Thursday. "The negative aspect is overall crude builds, which counter industry figures from yesterday that showed a drop, in the midst of refinery...

  • *Community Health tumbles after unexpected loss. Feb 16- Wall Street minted its second straight session of solid gains on Tuesday, as investors snatched up beaten-down consumer discretionary, industrial and tech shares. Slumping oil prices, fears of a China- led slowdown in global growth and uncertainty over central bank monetary policies have roiled the...

  • *Europe stocks erase gains, close lower as energy weighs. *Wall Street gains as financials, consumer discretionary lead. Top oil exporters Russia and Saudi Arabia agreed to freeze output levels but said the deal was contingent on other producers joining in, a major sticking point with Iran absent from the talks and determined to raise production.

  • *Saudi, Russia, Qatar and Venezuela may freeze, not cut, output. NEW YORK, Feb 16- Brent oil fell almost 4 percent on Tuesday, erasing early gains after top producers Russia and Saudi Arabia dashed expectations of an outright supply cut by agreeing only to freeze output if other big exporters joined them. Benchmark Brent prices jumped briefly through $35 a barrel...

  • *Saudi, Russia, Qatar and Venezuela to freeze, not cut, output. NEW YORK, Feb 16- Brent oil fell 3 percent on Tuesday, erasing early gains after top producers Russia and Saudi Arabia dashed expectations of an outright supply cut by agreeing only to freeze output if other big exporters joined them. Benchmark Brent prices jumped briefly through $35 a barrel after Russia...

  • *Saudi, Russia, Qatar and Venezuela to freeze, not cut, output. NEW YORK, Feb 16- Brent oil fell 3 percent on Monday, erasing early gains after top producers Russia and Saudi Arabia dashed expectations of an outright supply cut by agreeing only to freeze output if other big exporters joined them. Benchmark Brent prices jumped briefly through $35 a barrel after Russia...