October 30, 2017 / 10:39 PM / in 4 months

Noble Energy third-quarter loss beats Wall Street's expectations

HOUSTON (Reuters) - U.S. oil and natural gas producer Noble Energy Inc (NBL.N) posted a smaller-than-expected quarterly loss on Monday, helped by cost cuts and rising commodity prices.

The company also raised its fourth-quarter U.S. shale oil production forecast, now seeing it rising 15 percent sequentially.

    Noble reported a third quarter net loss of $136 million, or 28 cents per share, compared to a net loss of $144 million, or 33 cents per share, in the year-ago period.

    Excluding one-time items, Noble lost 2 cents per share. By that measure, analysts were expecting a loss of 13 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

    Production fell about 17 percent to 355,000 barrel of oil equivalent per day due in part to asset sales.

    Reporting by Ernest Scheyder; Editing by Sandra Maler

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