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  • Feb 11- France's largest bank BNP Paribas is pulling out of a niche U.S. energy lending business for the second time in four years after plunging oil prices dragged what was once seen as some of the safest energy loans into losses. BNP shut its reserve-based lending business in Houston last week after 13- year-low oil prices stoked concerns of rising loan...

  • THE WOODLANDS, Texas _ Newpark Resources Inc. on Thursday reported a fourth-quarter loss of $83.1 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 9 cents per share. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $148.8 million.

  • AUSTIN, Texas _ Sizmek Inc. on Thursday reported a fourth-quarter loss of $110.5 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. The Austin, Texas- based company said it had a loss of $3.75 per share. Sizmek expects full-year revenue in the range of $182 million to $190 million.

  • SPICEWOOD, Texas _ Ideal Power Inc. on Thursday reported a loss of $3 million in its fourth quarter. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for a loss of 32 cents per share. Ideal Power shares have dropped 36 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • DALLAS _ MoneyGram International Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $2.6 million. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 22 cents per share. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $376.2 million.

  • HOUSTON _ Synthesis Energy Systems Inc. on Thursday reported a loss of $3.9 million in its fiscal second quarter. The Houston- based company said it had a loss of 5 cents per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • DETROIT, Feb 11- Group 1 Automotive Inc Chief Executive Officer Earl Hesterberg said on Thursday the auto dealer group will cut orders for new vehicles as it looks to trim excess inventory. The excess inventory was most acute for luxury cars from BMW and Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz in the oil patch of Texas and Oklahoma, Hesterberg told Reuters in an interview...

  • DETROIT, Feb 11- Group 1 Automotive Inc Chief Executive Officer Earl Hesterberg said on Thursday the auto dealer group will cut orders for new vehicles as it looks to trim excess inventory. The excess inventory was most acute for luxury cars from BMW and Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz in the oil patch of Texas and Oklahoma, Hesterberg told Reuters in an interview...

  • Feb 11- MoneyGram International Inc will pay $13 million to settle an investigation by U.S. states that focused on complaints from consumers who said scam artists duped them into wiring funds to them through the money transfer service. The settlement with attorneys general in 49 states and Washington, D.C., includes $9 million for a nationwide fund that will...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 11- Even as the El Nino weather phenomenon continues to impact global temperatures and crops, its counterpart La Nina is increasingly expected to emerge in the coming months for the first time in four years. When La Nina last appeared from August 2011 to March 2012, it hurt corn and soybean crops in Argentina and Brazil, brought the worst drought in a...

  • WASHINGTON— Protecting the privacy of law-abiding citizens from the government is a pillar of Ted Cruz's Republican presidential candidacy, but his campaign is testing the limits of siphoning personal data from supporters. Cruz's sophisticated analytics operation was heralded as key to his victory in Iowa earlier this month— the first proof, his campaign...

  • Feb 11- MoneyGram International Inc will pay $13 million to settle an investigation by U.S. states that focused on complaints from consumers who said that scam artists duped them into wiring funds to them through the money transfer service. The settlement with attorneys general in 49 states and Washington, D.C., will provide for the return of funds to some...

  • DETROIT, Feb 11- Group 1 Automotive Inc Chief Executive Officer Earl Hesterberg said on Thursday the auto dealer group will cut orders for new vehicles in order to reduce excess inventory. Hesterberg, speaking with Reuters after the company issued fourth-quarter earnings, said the excess inventory was most acute for luxury cars from BMW and Daimler AG's...

  • The virus often produces either no symptoms or mild ones like fever in adults, but an outbreak in Brazil has been linked to a rare birth defect that causes a newborn's heads to be smaller and brain development issues. Outbreaks also have been reported in parts of Africa, Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands, and the Americas. Pest control companies in Texas are...

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— Iowa utilities regulators are considering whether to allow a Texas company to bury 346 miles of a crude oil pipeline under farmland and give it authority to use eminent domain to force unwilling landowners to sign easements. Iowa is the only state yet to approve the permit for the $3.78 billion Bakken pipeline, which will carry about a...

  • HOUSTON _ Group 1 Automotive Inc. on Thursday reported a fourth-quarter loss of $33.4 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.78 per share. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $2.65 billion.

  • HOUSTON _ Stewart Information Services Corp. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter profit of $2.6 million. The Houston- based company said it had net income of 11 cents per share. Stewart Information Services shares have declined 12 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • THE WOODLANDS, Texas— Huntsman Corp. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $4 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 21 cents per share. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $2.52 billion.

  • WASHINGTON— Congress voted Thursday to permanently bar state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet, as lawmakers leapt at an election-year chance to demonstrate their opposition to imposing levies on online service. The White House said President Barack Obama will sign it. Since 1998 in the Internet's early days, Congress has passed a...

  • MEXICO CITY— Four families have sued global bank HSBC in federal court in Texas alleging that the bank permitted Mexican drug cartels to launder money and thereby provided material support to terrorists. Among the people represented are Jaime Zapata and Victor Avila, agents for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. HSBC did not immediately respond to a...