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ValueAct buys 5.1 percent stake in Baker Hughes

Activist hedge fund ValueAct Capital disclosed a 5.1 percent stake in Baker Hughes Inc (BHI.N), the world's No. 3 oilfield services company that has agreed to be bought by bigger rival Halliburton Co (HAL.N) for $35 billion in cash and stock.

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Pumpjack

New U.S. well permits rise slightly in December after crude oil plunge

New oil and gas well permits issued across the United States rose slightly in December and surged 72 percent in Colorado and Wyoming after falling sharply in November on tumbling crude prices.

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Fracking site

New U.S. oil and gas well November permits tumble nearly 40 percent

Plunging oil prices sparked a drop of almost 40 percent in new well permits issued across the United States in November, in a sudden pause in the growth of the U.S. shale oil and gas boom that started around 2007.

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Halliburton

Halliburton to buy Baker Hughes for about $35 billion

Halliburton Co (HAL.N) will buy Baker Hughes Inc (BHI.N) for about $35 billion in cash and stock, creating an oilfield services behemoth to take on market leader Schlumberger NV (SLB.N) as falling oil prices threaten to erode demand.

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