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Jessica Seaman

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Dirt-cheap gas takes a breather

Increase anticipates spring

Subscriber onlyU.S. motorists who have been filling their vehicles with some of the cheapest gasoline in years are starting to see a rapid increase in prices at the pump. Continue reading...

Gas driller to cut state outlays 40%

Subscriber onlySouthwestern Energy Co., the main driller operating in the Fayetteville Shale, has announced plans to cut spending in Arkansas by 40 percent this year. Continue reading...

Acxiom job cuts hit some in state

In LR region, 25 employees to go

Subscriber onlyAcxiom Corp. is laying off part of its workforce, including about 25 employees in central Arkansas, as the company combines with the San Francisco-based tech startup it purchased last year for $310 million. Continue reading...

Losses sap Windstream share price

Subscriber onlyWindstream Holdings Inc.'s shares tumbled more than 8 percent Tuesday after the telecommunications firm reported a loss for both its 2014 fourth quarter and fiscal year. Continue reading...

Holiday sales drive Dillard's 4th-quarter profit up 9.6%

Subscriber onlyDillard's Inc. on Monday reported a profit of $130.5 million for its fourth quarter, a 9.6 percent increase from the same period in the previous fiscal year. Continue reading...

Oil drillers dial back as gas firms did in '12

Subscriber onlyWhen natural-gas prices plunged in 2012, energy producers found refuge in the nation's liquid-rich shale formations where they could pump out oil, natural gas and natural-gas liquids for a larger profit. Continue reading...

Natural-gas supply tops 5-year average, U.S. report says

Subscriber onlyA government report Thursday showed a surplus in the U.S. natural gas stockpile, almost a year after the nation's inventory plunged to an 11-year low. Continue reading...

Firms rethink shifting fleets to natural gas

Price of gasoline reduces cost gains from conversion

Subscriber onlyThe prospect of cheaper gasoline has prompted some companies and cities, at least tentatively, to reconsider plans to convert their fleets of cars, trucks and buses to run on natural gas. Continue reading...

Low crude prices distress oil field servicers

Small firms, low-yield wells hit the hardest

Subscriber onlyU.S. oil producers are starting to cut spending this year and are idling drilling rigs. That's not good news for the oil field services companies that now face the possibility of declining business and layoffs. Continue reading...

Acxiom reports upswing in profit

Still, quarter falls short of year ago

Subscriber onlyAfter a string of quarterly losses, Acxiom Corp. on Wednesday reported its first profit for the company's 2015 fiscal year. Continue reading...

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