Workers at the Weatherford rod-pump manufacturing plant prepare to move parts into the plant Thursday, June 26, 2014, in Katy. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle)

Texas manufacturing shows some positive signs in July, but sector still weak from oil-price shock

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While factory activty continues to be tepid, the survey respondents gave a few signs that business picked up in July.
A drilling rig under contract to Shell arrives in Port Angeles, Washington en route to Alaska's Chukchi Sea, where Shell hopes to drill this summer. (Daniella Beccaria/seattlepi.com via AP, File) MAGS OUT; NO SALES; SEATTLE TIMES OUT; TV OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

Senate bill would give oil companies a decade more to drill in Arctic

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Oil companies could get 10 more years to drill on their Arctic leases, under a provision in a broader offshore drilling bill advancing in the Senate.
(Eddie Seal, Bloomberg News)

Goodrich Petroleum sells Eagle Ford land

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Goodrich Petroleum Corp. said Monday it would sell nearly half of its Eagle Ford leases in a $118 million deal.
(Johnny Hanson/Houston Chronicle file photo)

Halliburton, Baker cut workforces deeper, bringing layoffs to 27,000

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Halliburton has cut nearly 14,000 jobs and Baker Hughes has laid off 13,000 employees since they began trimming their headcounts last year to cope with the oil-market crash, officials said Monday.
Jeff Allyn, a derrick hand with Raven Drilling, pauses with a cup of coffee while drilling for oil in the Bakken shale formation on July 23, 2013 outside Watford City, North Dakota. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Oil majors delay $200 billion of spending, Wood Mackenzie says

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Brent crude prices have dropped by half in a year after the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries decided to maintain output to defend market share amid a global supply glut.
Halliburton CEO Dave Lesar (Melissa Phillip/Chronicle)

Paychecks rose for some Houston energy CEOs in 2014

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The 10 highest-paid executives in Houston last year all work in the energy industry, despite domestic oil’s long and lingering swoon.
(Photographer: Eddie Seal, Bloomberg)

Return to drilling sends rig count up by 21

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U.S. drillers put more oil rigs to work this week than they have since last April, according to Friday’s Baker Hughes rig count.
A Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. natural gas drilling rig operates in the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania. (Cabot Oil)

Cabot CEO: “Better days ahead” after second-quarter loss of $27.5 million

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Stubbornly low natural gas prices caused Cabot Oil & Gas Corp to lose $27.5 million in the second quarter, but a new pipeline in the works should help the company more easily move its gas to market and fetch better prices, CEO, Chairman and President Dan Dinges said Friday.
CB&I Chairman and CEO Philip K. Asherman, May 23, 2014 in The Woodlands, TX. (Eric Kayne/For the Chronicle)

CB&I reports net profit, new contracts

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CB&I said it made a net profit of $169.5 million, or $1.55 million per diluted share, during the April through June period, which was up from $142.4 million during the same time last year when the company was struggling more financially. The total revenues were down slightly at $3.2 billion from $3.3 billion last year.
Workers prepare drilling pipe on the Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) La Muralla IV deep sea crude oil platform in the waters off Veracruz, Mexico, on Friday, Aug. 30, 2013. (Susana Gonzalez/Bloomberg)

Mexico’s failed first round of bidding an important lesson, energy panel says

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In testimony Thursday before the Western Hemisphere subcommittee of House Committee on Foreign affairs, a panel of four experts on Mexico’s energy reform unequivocally called Mexico’s first tender a disappointment.