Claire Poole

Claire Poole is a senior writer based in Houston covering energy and utilities. In her time at The Deal, Poole has written stories analyzing the how and why of energy deals and speculating on upcoming activity. She has also conducted insightful interviews with leading energy dealmakers and is often the first to reveal groundbreaking energy news. Before joining The Deal in 2000, Poole worked as a reporter and staff writer at Forbes, was editor-in-chief of El Financiero International and Mexico Business and was a contributing editor at Latin Trade. She also contributed articles to Money, Worth, Businessweek and Texas Monthly.

Recent Articles By The Author

U.S. on Track to Export More Natural Gas than Import

U.S. on Track to Export More Natural Gas than Import

The EIA forecast bodes well for natural gas-weighted stocks such as Southwestern Energy, Chesapeake Energy, Gulfport Energy, Cabot Oil & Gas and Rice Energy.

Refinery M&A Heats Up

Refinery M&A Heats Up

Five deals have been announced so far this year, versus six over the previous two years, and more are expected, Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. said in a report.

Plains Cuts Dividend, Simplifies Structure With $7.2B Deal

Plains Cuts Dividend, Simplifies Structure With $7.2B Deal

CEO Greg Armstrong said the transaction will better align stockholders' interests, cut the entity's cost of capital and improve its credit profile and distribution coverage.

Air Products Gets Upgrade to Buy

Air Products Gets Upgrade to Buy

Seaport Global Securities attributed its move to its positive view on upcoming results, longer-term potential for margin improvement and attractive valuation.

Kinder Morgan's Pipeline JV with Southern Will Help Trim Debt

Kinder Morgan's Pipeline JV with Southern Will Help Trim Debt

Analysts say the sale of half of Southern Natural Gas was a bargain for Southern but Kinder expects to make up for it with additional investment opportunities.

4 Oil and Gas Investment Ideas for the Long Haul

4 Oil and Gas Investment Ideas for the Long Haul

Who are the mid-cap picks as the narrative in the energy industry moves from survival to expansion? Wunderlich weighs in.

NOV Inks Groundbreaking Collaboration With GE

NOV Inks Groundbreaking Collaboration With GE

Analysts say the two working together is bound to lower costs -- and thus jumpstart some new projects -- something the distressed oil and gas industry really needs.

Chevron, Shell Top Analyst List of 'Supermajor' Picks

Chevron, Shell Top Analyst List of 'Supermajor' Picks

The analysts weren't as keen on BP, which has a stretched balance sheet, Total, which has execution risks, and Exxon Mobil, which has growth challenges.

Half of Williams' Board Resigns in Wake of Energy Transfer Break

Half of Williams' Board Resigns in Wake of Energy Transfer Break

Six of 13 directors quit after they failed to oust CEO Alan Armstrong, according to reports.

Exxon Mobil Wins on Climate Change Flap, Big Oil Discovery

Exxon Mobil Wins on Climate Change Flap, Big Oil Discovery

The oil and gas giant could use some good news, what with low oil and gas prices, vitriol from environmentalists and a rising exploration failure rate.