Chron Energy Items: 1.24.08

A few of the energy related items in the Houston Chronicle or on
Oil prices swell ConocoPhillips’ quarterly profit: Oil prices hovering at or above $90 a barrel for the last three months of 2007 gave ConocoPhillips’ quarterly profit a 37 percent boost, which exceeded Wall Street expectations, likely kicking off a series of strong reports by other oil majors.
Shell calls unrest an impediment in Nigeria: Associated Press — The head of Royal Dutch Shell said Wednesday that “conditions must improve” before the company could resume production that was cut because of unrest in Nigeria.
IRS says Enron stock can’t be deducted as theft losses: Personal finance columnist Shannon Buggs answers readers’ questions about managing money.
Local earnings: Noble Corp., a drilling contractor, reported that its profit rose 74 percent.
Briefs: Pride gets contract to build drillship.