-- Ecuador claims 90% of oil 'windfall profits' Ecuador's President Rafael Correa signed a decree requiring foreign oil firms with operations in his country to pay the treasury 90% of their profits and not 99%, as earlier stated.
-- Ukraine, Gazprom reach deal on gas debt Ukraine is expected to pay $1.3 billion it owes OAO Gazprom for natural gas by Nov. 1 under an agreement reached Oct. 3 to avoid cuts in gas supplies.
-- MARKET WATCH: Crude prices slip while gas prices rally Crude prices slipped Oct. 2 in the third straight session of profit taking on the New York market, but losses were reduced by a rally in natural gas futures prices because of potential storm activity in the Gulf of Mexico.
-- Blackwood to steer United Heritage Blackwood Ventures LLC of Delaware paid $5.017 million to acquire all of the shares held by Walter G. Mize in United Heritage Corp., Midland, Tex.
-- Eni chief expects end to Kashagan stalemate Eni SPA CEO Paolo Scaroni said he remains optimistic about a resolution to the stalemate with the Kazakh government over the company's project to develop offshore Kashagan oil field.