An Iranian man walks past a mural displaying the Iranian map adorned in the colours of the country's national flag, on June 29, 2015 in Tehran. Despite agreeing the outlines of a nuclear agreement on April 2, the final talks between Iran and six powers led by the United States on turning it into a binding accord have hit difficulties on reaching a deal which would lift sanctions, paving the way for foreign investment to flow back, in exchange for curbs on Iran's nuclear activities. AFP PHOTO/BEHROUZ MEHRIBEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images

Oil prices retake lost ground after markets cool on Greece crisis, Iran deal

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Oil prices edged up early Tuesday as financial markets cooled down from Monday’s frantic selloff in anticipation of a Greek debt default and as Iran and the West delayed a nuclear pact by a week.
Power lines, owned by Energy Future Holdings, near the Lake Hubbard Power Plant near Dallas. (Allison V. Smith/The New York Times)

Energy Future Holdings calls off sale of power business amid $42 billion bankruptcy

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Energy Future filed its $42 billion bankruptcy last year with a plan to break itself in two, giving each part to different sets of creditors. Groups that felt left out of that proposal have been fighting since then.
(Eddie Seal/Bloomberg)

Freeport-McMoRan’s offshore drilling firm going public

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Houston-based Freeport-McMoRan Oil & Gas Inc. could be the first U.S. oil producer to launch an initial public offering this year, a sign that investors are figuring out what values to put on private oil and gas companies amid relatively steady $60 crude.
(Simon Dawson/Bloomberg)

Transocean’s June drilling contracts come in at year high

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It’s the first time since December that Transocean has drawn more than $100 million in contracts this year, well above the monthly average of $22 million it saw in the first five months of 2015.
The shadows of  workers in the Permian Basin on February 5, 2015 in Mentone, Texas. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The shale industry could be swallowed by its own debt

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The problem for shale drillers is that they’ve consistently spent money faster than they’ve made it, even when oil was $100 a barrel.
Oil field workers in 2012  drill into the Gypsum Hills near Medicine Lodge, Kan.   U.S. Steel said Tuesday it will lay off about 750 employees from two plants that make tubular steel, which is used in oil and gas drilling(AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

Efficiency gains in the oil patch could be short lived, consultants say

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Today’s efficiency gains, especially those driven by 20 to 30 percent discounts off the cost of oil field tools and services, could be short lived if drilling rigs ride high again after the end of the downturn, which will come sooner or later.
Workers remove the drill pipe on the drilling floor of Development Driller III, which drilled the relief well and pumped the cement to seal the Macondo well, the source of the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion and oil spill, in the Gulf Of Mexico, off the coast of Louisiana, Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Sabine Oil & Gas skips $21 million interest payment

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Sabine is just the latest U.S. oil producer to show signs of financial stress in the oil market crash. Oil producers Quicksilver Resources, Dune Energy, BPZ Resources and American Eagle Energy have all filed for bankruptcy protection this year.
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Shell Midstream registers $361 million more units

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Shell Midstream sold the 7,692,308 common units in a May 2015 private deal with investors at a price of $39.00 per unit, according to documents filed Friday with the SEC.
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Nabors shareholders OK executive pay after overhaul

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Investors have given Nabors Industries its first symbolic nod of approval on its executive compensation, a sign the land driller’s efforts to rein in large paydays have paid off.
(AP Photo/Lisa Poole, File)

Fortune 500: Oil prices take slight toll on rankings for Houston companies

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Some Houston-based oil and gas companies saw their rankings slip this year after months of low commodities prices hammered the industry.