Long years of wringing small profits from cheap loans have tempted banks to lend more money under riskier terms, and nowhere more so than in the Texas oil boom towns where restaurateurs and hoteliers come calling every day, regulators say. More »
China signed a landmark deal Wednesday to buy Russian natural gas worth about $400 billion, giving a boost to diplomatically isolated President Vladimir Putin and expanding Moscow’s ties with Asia. More »
As major shale plays fuel the nation’s energy production, some aspects of Texas banking are starting to echo the overzealous oil and gas lending of the past, says David Zalman, chairman and CEO of Houston-based Prosperity Bancshares. More »
In the wake of a courtroom defeat this week, BP’s top brass is still mulling over whether to take the company’s legal fight over its multibillion-dollar oil spill settlement to the Supreme Court. But the high court likely will not take up the case even if the London oil company requests its judgment, legal experts said Tuesday. More »
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