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May 22, 2014

Marathon Petroleum to buy Hess’s retail business for $2.87 bln

HOUSTON/BANGALORE May 22 (Reuters) – Refiner Marathon
Petroleum Corp said it would buy oil and natural gas
company Hess Corp’s retail and transport business for
$2.87 billion, expanding its network of gas stations and
convenience stores along the U.S. East Coast.

The deal will also increase the refining company’s exposure
to more stable cash flows and expand the number of outlets where
the company can sell its gasoline, Marathon’s Chief Executive
Officer Gary Heminger said on a conference call on Thursday.

May 16, 2014

Chesapeake sees $4 billion in asset sales, oilfield spinoff

By Anna Driver

(Reuters) – Chesapeake Energy Corp (CHK.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said it expects to sell more than $4 billion in assets this year and will spin off its oilfield services division as the second-largest U.S. natural gas producer focuses on drilling more profitable wells and improving returns.

Doug Lawler has been chief executive officer of Chesapeake for nearly a year. Under Lawler, the Oklahoma City company has worked to drastically cut costs and debt and increase output of higher-margin crude oil and natural gas liquids.

May 13, 2014

Conoco to soon argue damages in Venezuela dispute -CEO

HOUSTON, May 13 (Reuters) – ConocoPhillips Chief
Executive Ryan Lance on Tuesday said his company and Venezuela
are due to argue damages before the World Bank’s arbitration
panel as their dispute over oil assets in the South American
country moves forward.

The arguments are “imminent,” Lance told reporters after the
company’s annual meeting, adding it was uncertain when the
International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes
(ICSID) would issue a final ruling.

Apr 29, 2014

Valero: Too much light crude prompts rate cuts at two refineries

April 29 (Reuters) – Valero Energy Corp, the largest
U.S. independent refiner, said cheap inland U.S. crude oil
boosted its first-quarter profits and also prompted rate cuts at
a pair of plants that can only run so much of it.

Valero and other refiners’ profit margins have been
fattened by ample supplies of oil produced from U.S. shale
formations. Those market conditions have continued into the
second quarter and are likely to boost earnings as companies
make investments and adjustments to their plants to process more
of the crude.

Apr 11, 2014

Small companies cautiously optimistic on natural gas drilling

HOUSTON, April 11 (Reuters) – The winter rally in natural
gas prices is creating cautious optimism among companies like
Matador Resources Co and Swift Energy Co,
smaller energy producers that see opportunity and future deals
in a once-moribund market.

Consumers pulled a record amount of gas from storage this
freezing winter, leaving stockpiles at the lowest level since
2003. This has spurred expectations for higher prices.

Apr 8, 2014

IRS puts damper on newer types of energy partnerships

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK, April 8 (Reuters) – The Internal
Revenue Service has temporarily stopped issuing private letter
rulings (PLRs) that energy companies sometimes request when
setting up master limited partnerships for their tax benefits.

Lawyers specializing in the oil and gas sector have said the
IRS wants to review the scope of assets that can qualify as
tax-free for master limited partnerships (MLPs), which have
lured hundreds of billions of dollars from investors seeking
high yields.

Apr 8, 2014

IRS says temporarily halts issuing letters for MLPs

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Internal Revenue Service has temporarily stopped issuing private letter rulings that energy companies sometimes request when setting up master limited partnerships (MLPs) for their tax benefits.

Lawyers specializing in the oil and gas sector have said the IRS wants to review the scope of assets that can qualify as tax-free for MLPs, which have lured billions from investors seeking higher yields.

Apr 7, 2014

SandRidge MLP tax request snared by IRS ‘pause’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – SandRidge Energy Inc’s (SD.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) letter asking the Internal Revenue Service whether its water disposal business would qualify as tax-free for inclusion in a master limited partnership (MLP) has been caught up in the agency’s pause of such reviews.

“That process has started and there was the pause,” Duane Grubert, SandRidge’s head of investor relations, said at the OGIS energy conference in New York on Monday.

Apr 6, 2014

Investor risk rises as energy partnership world gets crowded

HOUSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – High-yielding energy partnerships have lured billions in capital from investors in the past few years and the returns have often matched or beaten expectations.

But as riskier kinds of businesses adopt the Master Limited Partnership (MLP) structure, and as interest rates rise, investors are getting a wake-up call about some of the scary stuff lurking in the sector.

Feb 26, 2014

Apache spending bulk of 2014 budget on North America wells

HOUSTON, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Apache Corp said on
Wednesday it will spend two-thirds of its exploration and
production budget drilling more oil wells onshore in North
America as it aims to improve returns and show steady production
growth.

Inconsistent oil and gas output and exposure to political
risk in Egypt has weighed on the company’s shares and depressed
the Houston company’s valuation.

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