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Phillips 66 operates the Gulf Coast Fractionators facility in Mont Belvieu, Texas. (Phillips 66)

Berkshire discloses $4.5 billion stake in Phillips 66

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Berkshire held almost 58 million shares after purchases this week, or more than 10 percent of the total outstanding, according to a regulatory filing issued Friday by Warren Buffett’s Omaha, Nebraska-based company.
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This July 30, 2014 photo shows Margerie Glacier, one of many glaciers that make up Alaska's Glacier Bay National Park. With melting glaciers and rising seas as his backdrop, President Barack Obama will visit Alaska next week to press for urgent global action to combat climate change, even as he carefully calibrates his message in a state heavily dependent on oil. (AP Photo/Kathy Matheson)

In Alaska, Obama to walk fine line on climate change, energy

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The unambiguous goal of the president’s trip is to use dramatic and alarming changes to Alaska’s climate to instill fresh urgency into his global warming agenda.
(Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Cameron stock price gained nearly 50 percent this week

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Investors flocked to Cameron following the company’s announcement that it was being bought by oil field services giant Schlumberger on Wednesday.
Over thirty oil drilling rigs are idle in a Helmerich & Payne, Inc. yard along Groening Street in Odessa, Texas, as rig counts drop in the Permian Basin, Monday, May 18, 2015. (Courtney Sacco/Odessa American via AP)

Drillers added just one oil rig this week

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The Baker Hughes rig count, considered a proxy for oil field activity, showed rigs drilling for oil increasing from 674 last week to 675 this week.
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Oil jumps up 6 percent

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The rebound follows the lowest close since February 2009 on Monday after a slump in Chinese stocks sent ripples through global financial markets. Crude is still down 15 percent this year on concern a supply glut will persist.
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For OPEC, this year’s painful oil slump will bring gains in 2016

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With consumption set to grow by 1.4 million barrels a day, OPEC and its de facto leader Saudi Arabia could seize the chance to broaden their market as competitors damaged by the price slump fall off.
McDermott International has a $1.5 billion-plus contract with Saudia Arabia's national oil company. (AP file photo/John Moore)

McDermott CEO sees Saudi contract as step in turnaround

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Offshore engineering company McDermott International has landed a $1.5 billion-plus lump sum contract with Saudi Aramco.
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Oil jumps back above $40 per barrel in largest gain since 2009

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U.S. benchmark crude settled up $3.96 at $42.56 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The 10.3 percent gain was the largest for U.S. oil since prices were rebounding from financial crisis of 2009.

Commentary: Crude swept along with the improving mood in global markets

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To celebrate Pee Wee Herman’s 63rd birthday, markets are having their own big adventure today. Overnight equity markets have been racing higher, catching up with yesterday’s effervescent rally in the US. Just as we saw a vicious cycle of selling earlier in the week, positive sentiment is traveling across the time zones like a game […]
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The shadows of  workers in the Permian Basin on February 5, 2015 in Mentone, Texas. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Oil industry needs half a trillion dollars to endure price slump

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If oil stays at about $40 a barrel, the shakeout could be profound.