January 28, 2015 / 5:34 PM / 3 years ago

BUZZ-Oil companies: Oil prices dip below $49

(Updates)

** Oil slipped below $49 a barrel after the U.S. Energy Information Administration said U.S. crude stocks rose by 8.9 mln barrels last week to 406.73 mln, the highest since records began in 1982

** Brent crude for March delivery down $0.52 at $49.36/barrel by 1606 GMT; U.S. crude for March fell to $45.40

** Oil majors Exxon Mobil Corp down 1.1 pct at $89.99, Chevron Corp down 1.6 pct at $106.50, BP Plc down 1.6 pct at $39.54, Royal Dutch Shell Plc down 2 pct at $65.33, Total SA down 2.4 pct at $51.81

** Oilfield services providers Halliburton Co down 3.6 pct at $39.99, Schlumberger Ltd down 2.4 pct at $82.50, Baker Hughes Inc down 2.8 pct at $57.61, C&J Energy Services Inc down 9 pct at $10.48, National Oilwell Varco Inc down 5.4 pct at $54.54

** Contract drillers Nabors Industries Ltd down 8.8 pct at $10.84, Precision Drilling Corp down 8.6 pct at C$6.25, Helmerich & Payne Inc down 5.5 pct at $60.32, Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc down 3.4 pct at $33.11

** Oil companies led list of top losers on NYSE - Bill Barrett Corp down 17.5 pct at $8.93, Pioneer Energy Services Corp down 10 pct at $4.04, Stone Energy Corp down 8 pct at $13.56, Ultra Petroleum Corp down 8.8 pct at $12.45, Denbury Resources Inc down 8.4 pct at $6.54

** Hess Corp down 5.4 pct at $67.80 after posting lower-than-expected profit

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