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PG&E Retrenchment Nets Solid 1Q

Having sold unprofitable Texas natural gas businesses and begunto dispose of its unprofitable energy services business, PG&ECorp. reported an 80% increase in first quarter results, comparedto the year-earlier period, earning $284 million, or 79cents-per-share. Its slimmed-down national energy group now focusedon merchant power generation and trading contributed 16cents-per-share to those results, said CEO Robert Glynn, Jr.

April 24, 2000

PG&E Retrenchment Nets Solid First Quarter

Having sold unprofitable Texas natural gas businesses and begunto dispose of its unprofitable energy services business, PG&ECorp. reported an 80% increase in first quarter results, comparedto the year-earlier period, earning $284 million, or 79cents-per-share. Its slimmed-down national energy group now focusedon merchant power generation and trading contributed 16cents-per-share to those results, said CEO Robert Glynn, Jr.

April 24, 2000

Gas-Directed Drilling Continues to Hold 80% of the Total

The industry’s hunt for natural gas has gone way beyond thesearch for oil and shows no signs of letting up. Gas directeddrilling has held a solid 80% of all U.S. drilling by rotary rigssince mid-July. And last week the number of rotary rigs drillingfor gas leaped to 609 from 579 the week prior, while total rigsrose to 750 from 721, the largest weekly gain since Nov. 28, 1997,according to Baker Hughes. Oil-directed drilling declined duringthe week by one rig to 139.

October 25, 1999

Gas-Directed Drilling Continues To Hold 80% of the Total

The industry’s hunt for natural gas has gone way beyond thesearch for oil and shows no signs of letting up. Gas directeddrilling has held a solid 80% of all U.S. drilling by rotary rigssince mid-July. And last week the number of rotary rigs drillingfor gas leaped to 609 from 579 the week prior, while total rigsrose to 750 from 721, the largest weekly gain since Nov. 28, 1997,according to Baker Hughes. Oil-directed drilling declined duringthe week by one rig to 139.

October 25, 1999

OXY Beats Earnings Expectations

Occidental Petroleum beat analysts’ third quarter earningsexpectations by a solid 10 cents/share. Higher gas and oil pricesand improved performance from its chemicals division produced netincome of $126 million ($0.35/share) for the third quarter, 232%higher than the $38 million ($0.10/share) posted in 3Q98. Earningsbefore special items were $125 million compared with only $3million in 3Q98.

October 20, 1999

August Futures Post Solid Gain

ÿBetter late than never, bullish traders must have thought onTuesday. After posting a extremely light trading session on Monday,the spot August Nymex futures contract exploded 8.0 cents higher tosettle Tuesday at $2.469. The contract managed to hit a high of$2.485 amid a session when a robust 52,644 estimated totalcontracts changed hands.

July 1, 1998

Westinghouse Launches Fuel Cell

Westinghouse reported last week that it had just built thelargest solid-oxide fuel cell (SOFC) generating system for a Dutchenergy distribution utility. The system, which runs on natural gas,is delivering 106 KW to the electric grid plus 80 KW of thermalpower to the area’s district heating system, according to thecompany. The unit is the first to integrate a natural gas reformerwithin the SOFC stack.

March 2, 1998
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