Chron energy items: 01.29.08

Some of the energy items in today Houston Chronicle or on chron.com.
This time, the energy issue is an ‘also ran’: Oil prices may have touched $100 a barrel. And motorists can expect to pay $3.50 a gallon at the gas pump this spring. But energy issues were not uppermost in President Bush’s mind Monday as he delivered his State of the Union address.
Halliburton beats profit expectations on foreign sales: Halliburton, the world’s second-largest oil-field services company, said fourth-quarter profits increased 4.9 percent as it continued to expand in fast-growing regions outside North America.
Enterprise Products Partners’ profits rise 22 percent: Bloomberg News — Houston-based Enterprise Products Partners LP, the second-largest U.S. pipeline partnership by market value, said fourth-quarter profit rose 22 percent as its network transported record volumes of natural gas liquids and other fuels.
CME negotiating to buy Nymex: Bloomberg News — CME Group Inc., the world’s largest futures exchange, is in talks to acquire Nymex Holdings Inc. for more than $11 billion to gain the biggest energy-trading market.
Andersen partner who audited Enron settles with SEC: The former head of one-time Big Five auditing firm Arthur Andersen LLP’s Enron accounting team has settled civil charges that he recklessly failed to recognize that the risky yet lucrative client cooked its books.
Briefs: SEC looks at Cameron, Superior has new CEO.

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