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Potential Bad News for Royal Dutch Shell and BP

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Screen Shot 2014-02-10 at 16.29.29By John Donovan

An article by Matthew Smith published by Seeking Alpha warns about the potential adverse impact on the share value of companies with “exposure” in Russia, such as BP and Royal Dutch Shell.

The CEO of Shell, Ben van Beurden, is well aware of the risk to Shell’s Russian assets and future prospects, which explains his humiliating bowing to President Putin when they met just weeks after the Russian invasion and annexation of Crimea. Obviously a believer in appeasement. 

Extract from article

In what could be more bad news for Russian stocks and those with Russian exposure, such as BP (NYSE:BP) and Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDS.A) (NYSE:RDS.B), we are seeing stories that indicate Russia could be making a move on further naval infrastructure on the Black Sea. News out of the region has not always added up, but with Ukrainian military forces closing in on Russian supported separatists elsewhere, a move on the southeast would make sense from a strategic point of view, as it not only increases the space which Ukraine must cover but also gives Russia very strategic real estate.

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