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Oil price surge makes Shell swoop for BG more palatable

 

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Jamie Nimmo: 5 Jan 2016

The oil price surge made Shell’s swoop for smaller rival BG slightly more palatable for investors, despite concerns the deal could be called off. The regulatory hurdles have all been cleared, but shareholders must now give  their views on the cash and shares deal, currently worth £37bn – £10bn less than when it was struck in April last year.

That was when the oil price was near $60 a barrel. It now stands at $38 a barrel, even after a 2 per cent jump yesterday.

Shell and BG’s backers vote on 27 and 28 January respectively, but the former could be forced by its own shareholders to renegotiate.

Shell’s ended 5p lower at 1,538p and BG dipped 8.1p to 976.9p, among the least affected by the global stock market rout which knocked 148.89 points or 2.4 per cent off the FTSE 100 to 6,093.43.

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