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Encana posts unexpected quarterly profit


Canadian oil and gas producer Encana Corp reported an unexpected quarterly operating profit, helped by a cost-cutting drive, and said it would raise its 2016 capital expenditure program.

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Aggreko takes a knock from oil and gas downturn

Aggreko said today its gains from petrochemical and refining customers since July 1 had nearly cancelled out an adverse impact from weakness in oil and gas. The Scottish temporary power firm added its “resilience” against a challenging market backdrop allowed it to maintain guidance for 2015 profits of £250-£270million, down from £289million on revenue of £1.58billion last year. Chief executive Chris Weston said: “Whilst we are at an early stage in delivering the specific actions identified at our business review in August, I am encouraged with the progress we are making.”

Oil & Gas

ONGC posts 11% second-quarter profit drop on slumping crude


Oil & Natural Gas Corp.’s second-quarter profit fell 11 percent as slumping crude prices eroded revenue at India’s biggest energy explorer. Net income fell to 48.4 billion rupees ($736 million) in the three months ended Sept. 30 from 54.4 billion rupees a year earlier, the state-owned company said in a statement Friday. The average of 25 analyst estimates in a Bloomberg survey was 46.6 billion rupees. Sales gained 1 percent to 205.6 billion rupees.

Oil & Gas

Marathon Oil hit by third quarter losses


Marathon Oil said it plans to make a spending cut of around 29% after losses of $749million in the third quarter. The company said low commodity prices had prompted its move to write down the value of assets. Marathon, with operations in Texas and Equatorial Guinea, said the company expects total output to grow 7%.

Oil & Gas

Shell leads $19 billion of gas, oil writedowns in just one week


More than $19 billion in oil and gas writedowns have been reported in a single week as producers acknowledge what investors already knew. Royal Dutch Shell Plc leads the pack in recognizing that drilling prospects are worth a lot less than they used to. The producer announced its worst loss in 16 years on Thursday, including $8.2 billion in impairments. Southwestern Energy Co., Whiting Petroleum Corp. and Anadarko Petroleum Corp. have likewise written off acreage value. For investors, those charges aren’t much of a surprise after oil tumbled 44 percent in the past year, dragging stock prices along with it. Shell has declined 15 percent in the past 12 months, Whiting is down 73 percent and Anadarko fell 26 percent.