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Jessica Seaman

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Cheap gas gives people cash to burn

Subscriber onlyThe drop in oil prices is proving to be a boon for U.S. households, according to government reports. Lower gasoline prices coupled with improvements in employment are lifting consumer confidence and spurring spending, economists say. Continue reading...

Murphy Oil shrinks '15 budget 33%

Subscriber onlyStung by falling oil prices, Murphy Oil Corp. on Wednesday joined other U.S. energy companies in cutting its capital budget for 2015. Continue reading...

As crude prices drop, state biofuels take hit

Subscriber onlyPinnacle Biofuels in Crossett is about to enter a second month of running at reduced capacity -- a course plant manager Brad Dobson said he hopes to end by March. Continue reading...

Airline costs falling; fares not so much, say analysts

Subscriber onlyAirlines are expected to see a big jump in revenue this year as the cost of jet fuel declines. An international airline trade group said airfares will shrink 5 percent as a result of cheaper fuel, but some analysts say it will be a while before passengers flying out of Little Rock or Northwest Arkansas see lower prices. Continue reading...

Still room to fall for pump prices, gas watchers say

Subscriber onlyMotorists in Arkansas are filling up with some of the cheapest gasoline in six years, the result of a turbulent oil market heavy with supply. Continue reading...

Some pain predicted as oil prices slide to 6-year low

Subscriber onlyThe drop in oil prices continued Monday as crude reached its lowest level in about six years. Continue reading...

Of homes in state, late fall's sales rise

Subscriber onlyArkansas homebuyers were busy in November -- typically a slow period in real estate -- as sales rose 10.4 percent compared with November 2013, the Arkansas Realtors Association said Thursday. Continue reading...

U.S. oil prices rise but stay below $50

Subscriber onlyOil prices rebounded slightly Wednesday but remain below $50 a barrel in the U.S., adding to uncertainty about when the market will stabilize. Continue reading...

Crude oil dips below $50 a barrel

Dow plummets 331.34 points as slump drags markets

Subscriber onlyFear that falling oil prices are a sign of global economic weakness sent Wall Street tumbling Monday. Continue reading...

Murphy Oil, others feeling oil-prices heat

They shelf plans, idle rigs, lay off workers

Subscriber onlyMurphy Oil Corp. and other energy companies are looking at cutbacks as the collapse in oil prices begins to threaten investment in the nation's shale boom. Continue reading...

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