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Shell bid for BP?

Screen Shot 2014-10-28 at 12.29.57By John Donovan

Since May, we have posted a number of articles suggesting that a Shell bid for BP is in the pipeline.

Shell BP Mega-Merger?: 29 May 2014

It is therefore interesting to note that Reuters has today published speculation on the same subject under the headline: BP shares rise, traders cite talk of bid from Shell

Extract

(Reuters) – Shares of UK energy major BP rose more than 3 percent on Tuesday afternoon, with several traders citing market talk of a takeover bid from rival Royal Dutch Shell.

Royal Dutch Shell and BP declined to comment. Shares of Shell were up 2.5 percent.

“BP shares have rallied on the back of enthusiastic buying on talk of Shell’s interest in the company,” said Chris Beauchamp, analyst at IG. “But it seems difficult to believe that Shell would make such a big acquisition at this difficult time for the oil market.”

A fresh slide in the price of crude had wiped tens of billions of dollars off oil companies’market value on Friday and signalled an end to the sector’s safe-haven status, as fears mounted over future profits and dividend payouts.

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