Loews gets it wrong on natural gas play

|About: Loews Corporation (L)|By:, SA News Editor

The Highmount bet "shows we are not always right," says Loews (L -0.6%) management on the earnings call. Persistently low natural gas prices and the continued grim outlook had Loews taking a $167M charge in Q2 against Highmount Exploration and Production as it evaluates proposals for a sale of the company's assets.

While Loews' income from continuing operations improved thanks to investment gains and improvement at CNA Financial, overall net income fell to $116M or $0.30 per share from $269M and $0.69 a year earlier thanks to the writedown.

Previously: More on Loews results