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Oct 31, 2014

Top U.S. oil companies see more pressure to clamp down on spending

HOUSTON, Oct 31 (Reuters) – Top U.S. oil producers, which
already were reining in spending before crude prices started to
slip in June, are now looking to trim more fat from their
budgets while reminding investors they must spend to grow.

Exxon Mobil Corp on Friday it would keep its current
spending plan intact, though it is about 15 percent less than
2013. ConocoPhillips said it will spend less money next
year, and Chevron Corp said it is looking for budget
“flexibility.”

Oct 31, 2014

Exxon, Chevron profits boosted by refining as oil prices fall

Oct 31 (Reuters) – A surge in refining profits boosted
quarterly results for Exxon Mobil Corp and Chevron Corp
, helping to offset lower oil and gas output and slumping
crude oil prices.

Both U.S. energy majors reported better-than-expected
third-quarter profits on Friday, with executives touting the
importance of owning massive refineries alongside oil and gas
wells.

Oct 30, 2014

Conoco third-quarter profit up but fourth-quarter output forecast cut

By Anna Driver

(Reuters) – ConocoPhillips, the largest U.S. independent oil and gas company, on Thursday reported higher third-quarter profit from the sale of its Nigerian unit but lowered its fourth-quarter production outlook, sending shares down 1.4 percent.

Over the last several years, Conoco has shed lower-margin assets, directing more capital to projects like shale drilling in the United States that offer higher returns and higher production growth.

Oct 30, 2014

Conoco 3rd-qtr profit up but 4th-quarter output forecast cut

Oct 30 (Reuters) – ConocoPhillips, the largest U.S.
independent oil and gas company, on Thursday reported higher
third-quarter profit from the sale of its Nigerian unit but
lowered its fourth-quarter production outlook, sending shares
down 1.4 percent.

Over the last several years, Conoco has shed lower-margin
assets, directing more capital to projects like shale drilling
in the United States that offer higher returns and higher
production growth.

Oct 29, 2014

Anadarko’s 2015 budget due in March as prices eyed

HOUSTON, Oct 29 (Reuters) – U.S. oil and gas company
Anadarko Petroleum Corp will continue to monitor crude
prices for several months before its 2015 spending plans are
announced in March, the company’s chief executive said on
Wednesday.

Oil prices have crashed in recent months, hit hard by
slowing global demand and swelling supplies. Earlier this week,
U.S. crude oil dropped to the lowest level in more than
two years, below $80 per barrel.

Oct 21, 2014

U.S. issues new protocols for treating Ebola patients

DALLAS, Oct 20 (Reuters) – The United States issued
stringent new protocols on Monday for health workers treating
Ebola victims, directing medical teams to wear protective gear
that leaves no skin or hair exposed when caring for patients
infected with the virus.

The new guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention in Atlanta come as 43 people who were exposed to
the first patient diagnosed in the United States were declared
risk free, easing a national sense of crisis over the spread of
Ebola.

Oct 20, 2014

Ebola worries end for dozens on U.S. watch lists

DALLAS (Reuters) – Weeks of worries about Ebola infection ended for dozens of people who came off watch lists in the United States on Monday, but scores were still being monitored after potential exposure to the virus, Texas health officials said.

Forty-three people who had contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with the disease in the United States, were cleared overnight of twice-daily monitoring after showing no symptoms for 21 days, the state health department said, while another 120 remained on watch lists.

Oct 19, 2014

Dallas officials urge calm in city on edge over Ebola

DALLAS (Reuters) – Texas officials are still working to contain the public’s fear of Ebola even as dozens of people who may have had contact with a Liberian man who died from the virus are soon expected to be released from a 21-day monitoring period.

There have been no new cases since two nurses who cared for Thomas Eric Duncan contracted Ebola. But one traveled on a plane shortly before her diagnosis, sparking worry that fellow airline passengers could be infected.

Oct 17, 2014

Texas hospital aims to restore image after Ebola infections

DALLAS (Reuters) – The Texas hospital accused of mishandling care for the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States is hitting back at critics with an aggressive public relations campaign aimed at rehabilitating its battered image.

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, where a Liberian man was treated for Ebola and later died and where two nurses have been infected with the virus, has weathered intense criticism from the public, healthcare workers and politicians over what have been characterized as lax safety protocols.

Oct 16, 2014

Dallas health workers monitored for Ebola to stay out of public

DALLAS (Reuters) – Some 75 healthcare workers being monitored for Ebola after treating an infected patient in Dallas will stay out of public places and avoid public transportation, officials said on Thursday.

The voluntary agreement with the workers from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital comes after one of their co-workers raised concerns about spreading the disease by taking a round-trip flight from Texas to Ohio before testing positive for Ebola.

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      "I currently cover large U.S. oil and gas companies including Exxon Mobil and ConocoPhillips as part of the equities desk's Raw Materials Team. I am based in Houston, Texas."
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