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Royal Dutch Shell News Friday, 8 April 2005

Royal Dutch Shell News Friday, 8 April 2005

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: Gazprom: “Substantial Step” Made In Talks With Shell: “MOSCOW — OAO Gazprom and Royal Dutch/Shell Group are still in talks on a possible swap of natural gas assets, the Russian state-controlled gas monopoly said late Thursday.” ( 8 April 05 (Australia): Woodside silent on Shell takeover talk: “Woodside Petroleum has declined to add to speculation Royal Dutch/Shell might launch another tilt at Australia’s largest independent oil and gas company.”: “Nor would the Anglo-Dutch company add fuel to the rumour. “Shell does not comment on market speculation,” a spokeswoman said.” ( 8 April 05

FINANCIAL TIMES: Shell bid rumours boost Footsie: “The London market gained for the third straight day yesterday amid rumours Shell might be considering a significant acquisition.”: “Shell was linked as a possible bidder for Woodside, the Australian oil and gas company with a market capitalisation of £7bn. Analysts said a deal was possible. Shell owns 34 per cent of Woodside and had a takeover attempt rebuffed in 2000.” ( 8 April 05

The Guardian (UK): Suitors queue for Somerfield:  “Shell gained 12p to 496p on talk it may launch itself into a $13bn (£7bn) acquisition of Australia’s Woodside to bolster reserves…” ( 8 April 05

THE LONDON TIMES: Shell’s rise fuelled by rumours of Australian adventure: “Dealing rooms picked up on speculation that the oil group could again attempt to take control of Woodside Petroleum, the Australian oil and gas group in which it holds a 34 per cent stake. UBS analysts in Australia said a deal for Woodside would be a logical move for the company and would go some way to increasing reserves. Last year the group reclassified some of its proven reserves.” ( 8 April 05

Daily Telegraph (UK): High oil prices pose serious risk, says IMF ( 8 April 05

Daily Mail (UK): Shell pensions boost: “Its £28bn pension funds have a £1.5bn deficit…” ( Posted 8 April 05

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: Shell Hopes To Keep 30% Stake In Venezuela Nat Gas Deal: ( Posted 8 April 05 and its sister websites,,,,, and are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article.

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