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EOG banks first profit in nearly two years; pumps record oil

EOG Resources in downtown Houston Thursday Sept. 25, 2014. (Billy Smith II / Chronicle)

EOG Resources collected its first profit in nearly two years in the first quarter, wringing money from a revived oil patch amid higher energy prices, the company said Monday.

The Houston oil explorer pumped more oil than ever as it slashed the costs of bringing wells into production in Texas and North Dakota.

The company banked a $28.5 million profit, or 5 cents a share, in the first quarter, compared to a $471.8 million loss, or 86 cents a share, in the same period last year. It was EOG’s first profit since the second quarter of 2015. Revenue rose to $2.6 billion from $1.4 billion.

EOG lifted its oil production 18 percent to 315,700 barrels a day, thanks to technological breakthroughs and its shift to a strategy that focuses on pumping oil from only the most prolific fields. [read more]

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